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UPDATE 2-European shares dip after strong rally

Published 02/09/2021, 05:22 PM
Updated 02/10/2021, 01:10 AM
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* STOXX 600 retreats after rising almost 4% this month
* German exports eke out December rise on brisk China trade
* Home builders help London shares outperform

(Updates to close)
By Shreyashi Sanyal and Susan Mathew
Feb 9 (Reuters) - European shares ended lower on Tuesday
after a rally powered by hopes of a swifter global economic
recovery and vaccine rollouts showed signs of cooling.
Utilities .SX6P and the oil and gas sector .SXEP led
losses and countered gains in luxury .SXQP and healthcare
stocks .SXDP .
The STOXX 600 index .STOXX finished 0.1% in the red after
having lost up to half a percent during the day. The index has
gained nearly 4% so far this month against the backdrop of
steady vaccine rollouts globally and expectations that U.S.
lawmakers will soon pass a huge stimulus package.
London stocks .FTSE .FTMC outperformed with homebuilders
in the lead. Bellway BWY.L and St Modwen Properties SMP.L
joined bigger rivals Barratt BDEV.L and Taylor Wimpey TW.L
in providing a robust outlook for the sector as demand improved
after initial COVID-19 disruptions. .L "We think that UK equities will outperform their peers
elsewhere this year, as some of the headwinds that they faced in
2020 fade or even act as tailwinds," Capital Economics wrote in
a client note.
They cite rapid coronavirus vaccine rollout in the country
aiding rotation towards pandemic-vulnerable sectors, and removal
of uncertainties regarding its relationship with the European
Union as some of the factors behind the view.
Energy major Total SE TOTF.PA fell 1.8% after having risen
as much as 2.8%. It posted better than expected earnings in the
fourth quarter, although a hit from writedowns on assets due to
the pandemic landed it with a $7.2 billion net loss for 2020.
Germany's DAX index .GDAXI was down 0.3% even as data
showed German exports rose in December as robust trade with
China and the United States helped. "The longer-term outlook (for exports) remains mixed,
illustrating that the sector will still take some time before
returning to full strength," said ING's global head of macro,
Carsten Brzeski.
Among earnings, hearing aid maker Demant DEMANT.CO topped
the STOXX 600 after saying it expects to return to strong growth
in 2021 as COVID-19 lockdowns are lifted. Shares in Lonza LONN.S rose 3.1% on a $4.7 billion deal to
sell its Specialty Ingredients devision to Bain Capital BCSF.N
and Cinven. TUI (LON:TUIT) Group TUIGn.DE shed almost 4% to hit a more than
two-month low after the world's biggest holiday company sunk to
a 699 million euros ($844 million) loss in its first quarter.

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