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European stocks fell after Japan for the first 10 months of lowered its estimate of the economy, which is the third largest in the world. Against this background, U.S. index futures little changed, while Asian shares fell.
The Government of Japan downgraded its view on private consumption, housing, exports, imports and industrial production. It also lowered its estimate of the global economy.
Shares of G4S Plc (GFS) fell 2.1% after the security company said that first-half profit fell by 73%. Lamprell Plc (LAM) lost 1.1%, after it became known that the company posted a loss for the first six months of this year. Shares of Vestas Wind Systems A / S (VWS) rose 17% after it started talks with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries about a possible collaboration.
Also today, the market expects to publish the index of consumer confidence in the U.S., which is likely to show the best value since April. It is expected that the August figure will grow to 66, versus 65.9 last month.
FTSE 100 5,777.82 +1.22 +0.02%
CAC 40 3,445.99 -16.84 -0.49%DAX 7,024.68 -22.77 -0.32%
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