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Sharp decline in European stock markets in mid-session

PARIS (Reuters) – European shares declines sharply at mid-session Tuesday, after a long weekend by Easter, the statistical disappointing U.S. employment numbers in March and subdued China’s foreign trade darkening global economic outlook at the time opens in the U.S., the earnings season.

In Paris, shortly before 13h, the CAC 40 lost 1.43% (47.37 points) to 3,272.44 points. In Frankfurt the Dax gave 1.06% and London, the FTSE fell by 0.95%. Pan-European Eurostoxx 50 index gave up 1.31%.

The Euro Stoxx 50 index of volatility, the main barometer of investor nervousness in Europe jumped 12% to its highest in five weeks.

The sectors most dependent on exports to emerging markets, including automotive and mining, are among the largest declines under the impact of slower growth in Chinese imports. Peugeot lost 3.7%, 3.6% Renault.

Wall Street is expected to rebound in the opening in the light of index futures in New York advancing 0.1% to 0.35%.


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