European stock futures largely flat; HSBC results, manufacturing PMI in focus By

© Reuters – European stock markets are expected to open in muted fashion Tuesday as investors await key corporate results as well as manufacturing activity data for the region.

At 02:00 ET (06:00 GMT), the contract in Germany traded 0.1% lower, in France traded flat, while the contract in the U.K. rose 0.1%.

Manufacturing PMI data due

The main European indices recorded healthy gains during July, with the pan-Europe up 2%, helped by signs that European consumer inflation had peaked.

However, the aggressive monetary policy tightening that the has undertaken to curb inflation has had an impact on growth in the region.

The extent of this is likely to be illustrated by the release of manufacturing PMI numbers from the and many of its members, including , as well as from the

Data from China earlier in the session showed the fell to 49.2 in July from 50.5 in June, indicating that factory activity in the second largest economy in the world contracted in yet another sign of the country’s post-pandemic recovery’s struggles.

British store prices fall

Data from the British Retail Consortium, released early Tuesday, showed that fell for the first time in two years, coming in 0.1% lower in July than in June, while annual inflation dropped to 7.6% in July from 8.4% the prior month.

The meets on Thursday, and is widely expected to raise interest rates for the 14th consecutive meeting as it continues to battle the highest inflation rate among the major industrialized nations. 

HSBC announces $2 billion buyback

HSBC (LON:) will be in the spotlight Tuesday after Europe’s largest bank announced a $2 billion buyback after reporting a higher profit and revenue for the first half of 2023, aided chiefly by stronger margins amid rising interest rates. 

The Asia-focused bank also raised its near-term return on tangible equity goal, a key performance target.

Quarterly results are also expected from the likes of oil major BP (LON:) and drinks giant Diageo (LON:).

Crude prices drift lower on Chinese weakness

Oil prices slipped lower Tuesday after private survey data showed further signs of weakness in the Chinese economy, the world’s largest importer of crude.

That said, both contracts remained near three-month highs on signs of tightening global supply, as major producers started implementing output cuts.

By 02:00 ET, futures traded 0.3% lower at $81.53 a barrel, while the contract dropped 0.4% to $85.09. 

Additionally, fell 0.6% to $1,996.60/oz, while traded 0.1% higher at 1.0995.

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