European markets are expected to start Wednesday’s session in the black, as investors turn their attention to the latest batch of earnings and data releases.
Looking to the major bourses, the U.K.’s FTSE 100 is expected to open 23 points higher at 7,539, while the German DAX is set to start on a positive note, up 68 points at 13,022; and the French CAC up 6 points at 5,367, according to IG.
Corporate earnings are expected to keep investors on their toes on Wednesday, as a whole host of companies are set to release their latest financial figures.
Dutch chemicals group Akzo Nobel posted its third-quarter results Wednesday, with the company anticipating positive developments for the EMEA region (except for the U.K.), Asia and North America going forward; however added that industry specific “headwinds” are expected to continue.
Meantime, consumer goods group Reckitt Benckiser slashed its full-year sales outlook, following a fall in sales for its third quarter.
Germany’s Zalando published a trading update, saying it would be entering the beauty market in 2018, as it continued to post strong growth in its most recent quarter.
Elsewhere in individual stock news, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charged Australian-British miner Rio Tinto and two of its former top executives with fraud on Tuesday, stating that they had inflated the value of coal assets in Mozambique, which was acquired for $3.7 billion and sold years later for $50 million, according to Reuters.
Meanwhile, British supermarket group Sainsbury’s will be under close watch, after a company spokesman confirmed to media outlets on Tuesday that the retailer was looking to cut up to 2,000 jobs.
Switching to more broader topics, politics will continue to rumble on in the background on Wednesday, with investors waiting for the latest news surrounding Brexit and Catalonia.
Looking at Spain, the nation’s stocks will be closely watched, as news emerged Tuesday that Catalonia refused to give in to the Spanish government’s demand of renouncing its independence.
Meanwhile, Brexit continues to be up for discussion, with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May expected to speak with fellow leaders of the European Union on Thursday. Earlier this week, both May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called for the pace of Brexit negotiations to be accelerated.
Overseas, the Communist Party’s once-every-five-year Party Congress kicked off on Wednesday, with President Xi Jinping commenting on a range of topics during his speech including corruption, the benefits of socialism, and why the “One China” principle should be maintained.
Elsewhere, a number of European Central Bank members are expected to deliver remarks in different countries Wednesday, including President Mario Draghi and Benoît Cœuré, member of the ECB’s executive board.
In data news, unemployment figures for the U.K. are due out in morning trade, along with construction output for the euro zone.
Carrefour is also expected to post corporate information Wednesday.
—Reuters contributed to this report
European shares expected to open on a positive note as earnings season picks up the pace