Around 2 pm the AEX index was 0.3% lower at 547.3 points. The AMX rose 0.5% to 805.2 points.
The price signs in London (-0.2%), Paris (-0.6%) and Frankfurt (-0.6%) turned red.
According to the Chinese government, activity in the manufacturing and services sectors increased in September. Figures from market researchers Caixin and Markit also showed that the Chinese industry has continued to grow this month. Growth was slightly lower than in August.
The American stock markets ended on Tuesday evening 0.3% to 0.5% in the red. The stock markets in New York are expected to open 0.7% to 0.9% in the minus according to the futures this afternoon.
The first election debate between US President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden was unprecedented and chaotic. Trump not only ran into hard work with Biden, but also with debate leader Chris Wallace because of his many interruptions. “The debate has not led to major movements in the financial markets,” trader Frank Bonsee of ABN Amro oversees the trading screens.
The volumes are small. “Investors are looking for new impulses for the markets. The indices have shown some surprising days, optimism is maintained after last week’s downturn – despite new measures to curb corona, ”said Bonsee of ABN Amro.
“We are in the third quarter with many companies that performed in line with what analysts expected, and sometimes did better. It is slightly more positive towards the presentation of quarterly results. ”
An important indicator is the oil price. After a 5% drop yesterday, Brent drops to $ 41 a barrel. Natural gas for heating is also falling.
The euro is trading 0.3% lower at $ 1.17130.
In the AEX was DSM the largest riser with a plus of 4.6%. The specialty chemicals group announced it would sell a large portion of its materials business to Covestro for € 1.6 billion.
Royal Dutch Shell was allowed still a fraction after adding almost 1% profit earlier. The oil and gas concern announced this morning that it would cut between 7,000 and 9,000 jobs. The intervention should lead to cost savings of $ 2 billion to $ 2.5 billion by 2022.
Tech investor Prosus (+ 0.7%) also supported the AEX.
Payment service provider Adyen (-1.8%) was the biggest loser among the main funds. It received an advisory cut from buy to neutral from Bank of America.
Steelmaker ArcelorMittal lost 2.8%.
Unibail lost 0.3% after the 5.4% price slash on Tuesday.
In the AMX saw BAM profit fell by 5.5%. The construction group is almost certainly going to cut more than a thousand jobs. The builder expects the reorganization program to generate cost savings of € 100 million per year. According to the builder, the intervention is necessary because of the corona crisis and the disappointing results in the first half year.
Corbion (+ 0.9%) said it had issued $ 170 million in debt to five institutional investors. The proceeds are used to repay loans and for general corporate purposes.
Pharmacist chair supplier Fagron (-1.6%) was the biggest laggard among medium-sized funds. Chip supplier Iron left 1.2%.
Smallcapfonds Ajax (-3.4%) came on Tuesday after the closing bell with results. The listed football club made a profit of € 20.7 million last season. That was a lot less than a year earlier, when the club achieved almost € 52 million profit, partly thanks to the good results in the Champions League.
It’s noted locally Kiadis Pharma (-6.4%) opened the books. The biotechnology company suffered a smaller loss in the first half of the year than a year ago, helped by lower operational costs. Kiadis’ cash position stood at € 19.8 million at the end of June.
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