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Stock indices declined. Escalating violence in Iraq weighed on stock markets. The violence in Iraq could lead to disruptions in the oil supplies in OPEC’s second-biggest oil producer. U.S. president Barack Obama warned to use air strikes to help the government in Baghdad.
Eurozone’s trade balance surplus decreased to 15.7 billion euro in April from a surplus of 16.7 billion euro in March. March’s figure was revised down from a surplus of 17.1 billion to +16.7 billion. Analysts had expected a surplus of 16.3 billion euro.
The number of persons employed in the Eurozone climbed by 0.1% in the first quarter.
Indexes on the close:
Name Price Change Change %
FTSE 100 6,777.85 -65.26 -0.95%
DAX 9,912.87 -25.83 -0.26%
CAC 40 4,543.28 -11.12 -0.24%
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