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European markets nudge higher as investors track data, Fed minutes; Credit Suisse down 4%

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Euro zone PMIs point to recession but slowdown eases

Euro zone November flash PMI (purchasing managers’ index) readings on Wednesday reaffirmed that the 19-member currency bloc has entered recession, but the downturn in business slowed slightly.

S&P Global’s flash composite PMI, which encompasses services and manufacturing and is seen as a reliable gauge of economic health, rose to 47.8 in November from 47.3 in October, defying projections in a Reuters poll for a fall to 47.0.

Any reading below 50 represents a contraction in activity, and November was the fifth consecutive month of shrinkage.

In the U.K., the composite index was little changed at 48.3 in November from 48.2 in October.

“Although business expectations rebounded from the 30-month low in October – which was probably linked to the improving domestic political situation – current activity remains under severe strain from weak confidence, costs pressures and tight financial conditions,” Berenberg economists Holger Schmieding and Kallum Pickering said in a note.

“Much like in the euro zone, companies are still adding jobs. However, as labour market activity often lags broader economic trends, the slowing pace of job creation is probably an ominous sign that employment will eventually start to fall as the recession deepens through winter.”

– Elliot Smith

Credit Suisse shareholders greenlight $4.2 billion capital raise

Credit Suisse shareholders on Wednesday approved a 4 billion Swiss franc ($4.2 billion) capital raise aimed at financing the embattled lender’s massive strategic overhaul.

Credit Suisse’s capital raising plans are split into two parts. The first, which was backed by 92% of shareholders, grants shares to new investors including the Saudi National Bank via a private placement.

The new share offering will see the SNB take a 9.9% stake in Credit Suisse, making it the bank’s largest shareholder.

The second capital increase issues newly registered shares with pre-emptive rights to existing shareholders, and passed with 98% of the vote.

– Elliot Smith

Credit Suisse shares down 5% after restructure update

Stocks on the move: Johnson Matthey down 6%, CTS Eventim up 4%

Johnson Matthey shares fell more than 6% to the bottom of the Stoxx 600 in early trade after the British chemicals group posted a fall in half-yearly profit, with supply chain pressures weighing on production volumes for the company’s automotive customers.

At the top of the index, German entertainment company CTS Eventim added 4%.

Credit Suisse sees $1.6 billion fourth-quarter loss, holds shareholder vote on restructure

Credit Suisse on Wednesday projected a 1.5 billion Swiss franc ($1.6 billion) fourth-quarter loss as it undertakes a massive strategic overhaul.

The embattled lender last month announced a raft of measures to address persistent underperformance in its investment bank and a series of risk and compliance failures that have saddled it with consistently high litigation costs.

Shareholders will vote on the bank’s restructuring and capital raising plans at an extraordinary general meeting on Wednesday.

Read the full story here.

– Elliot Smith

Here are the opening calls

Britain’s FTSE 100 is seen around 12 points higher at 7,464, Germany’s DAX is set to add around 25 points to 14,447 and France’s CAC 40 is expected to gain around 15 points to 6,673.

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