Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Europe edges lower in shortened session after separatists win Catalonia election; IBEX, banks slip

European markets posted declines on Friday, as investors digested the latest in political and economic news coming from the region. The pan-European STOXX 600 came under pressure in early afternoon trade, off 0.25 percent, pulling back from the previous day's session. Sectors pointed in different directions. Major bourses fell into negative territory during the session, with the U.K.'s FTSE 100 closing down 0.15 percent provisionally. Shares pulled back slightly following news coming out of Spain. Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said that the absolute majority win by the separatists was a victory of the "Catalan republic" over the Spanish state, Reuters reported. Following the independence vote earlier this year, the news is set to continue to shake up the nation's political crisis between Catalonia and Madrid. In individual stock news, pharmaceutical firm Roche and Ignyta announced Friday, that they had entered into a definitive merger agreement for Roche to fully acquire the U.S. biotech firm, for $1.7 billion, paying $27.00 per share for Ignyta. GVC slipped over 2 percent, while Ladbrokes was up around 1.5 percent. Shares of the energy firm rose 2.5 percent.
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