Tech slide, China woes weigh on European stocks

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The pan-European STOXX 600 index was down 0.4%, falling for a third session as a jump in U.S. Treasury yields signalled that investors were bracing for higher cash rates and the risk of persistent inflation. [US/]

Data showed profit growth at China’s industrial firms slowed for a sixth month in August, with an unfolding power crisis a growing threat to output and bottom-lines.

However, a rally in Brent crude futures above $80 per barrel continued to support energy stocks, with the oil & gas index rising 1.1% to fresh highs since February 2020. [O/R]

Banks were supported by rising rates, but technology stocks fell the most, down almost 2% after their Wall Street peers tumbled overnight. (N)

Swiss computer peripherals maker Logitech (NASDAQ:LOGI) dropped 6.3% as Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) downgraded the stock to “underweight”.

Dutch semiconductor supplier ASM International (OTC:ASMIY) fell 2.7% despite raising its third-quarter order intake guidance.

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