UK Markets closed

LIVE MARKETS-Closing snapshot: mixed closed in Europe ahead of Fed

* STOXX 600 edges up in tight range

* Just Eat (Frankfurt: A1100K - news) plunges on competition worries

* Eyes on central bank policy meetings

* Tech firm Adyen doubles on market debut

June 13 - Welcome to the home for real-time coverage of European equity markets brought to

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CLOSING SNAPSHOT: MIXED CLOSED IN EUROPE AHEAD OF FED (1642 GMT)

European shares ended a choppy session with mixed signs and the STOXX 600 up just 0.2 per as

investors awaited guidance from the Federal Reserve on future U.S. interest rate rises.

Here's your snapshot:

(Danilo Masoni)

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NINE RULES TO SAIL THROUGH CHOPPY WATERS (1404 GMT)

Even (Taiwan OTC: 6436.TWO - news) though Credit Suisse (IOB: 0QP5.IL - news) has taken a clearly bearish view on continental European equities,

others appear somewhat more constructive on prospects for the region's stock market.

Among them are strategists at CM-CIC Market Solutions, the markets arm of France's Credit

Mutuel. They say global economic growth will be high enough in 2018 for the STOXX 600

to end the year above current levels but believe investors need to be picky to navigate choppy

waters, avoiding big country or sector bets.

Here are their top recommendations:

1) Prefer companies exposed to global growth

2) Remain prudent on companies that are too exposed to emerging markets

3) Prefer large caps

4) Avoid companies that have the sole characteristic of a high dividend

5) Prefer German companies that are not exposed to U.S. tariff measures

6) Caution still on Italy, prefer Spain

7) Select geographically diversified UK companies to take advantage of pound weakness

8) Prefer sectors tied to the economic cycle: Chemicals, Industrial Goods & Services,

Technology and Hotels, Tourism & Leisure

9) Remain prudent vis-à-vis Food & Beverage, Retail, Media and Telecom

If you want to read instead what Credit Suisse analysts have to say, click here

.

We've updated this post to add a chart with year-to-date sectoral performances in Europe.

(Danilo Masoni)

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TECH FEARS BUBBLE UP AGAIN ON ADYEN IPO (1318 GMT)

A Dutch firm many would not have heard of before, Adyen, which processes

payments for Netflix (Xetra: 552484 - news) , Facebook (NasdaqGS: FB - news) and eBay among others, doubled on its market debut today,

spurring renewed nail-biting over whether the tech sector is getting ahead of itself and

investors too exuberant about disruptors.

The IPO has raised, once again, the spectre of a bubble risk with Europe's tech sector index

hitting its highest since June 2001 on the boost. Ingenico (Paris: FR0000125346 - news) and Wirecard (Swiss: WDI.SW - news)

are being pulled along in the slipstream, up 5.9 and 3.7 percent respectively.

"I heard it was oversubscribed, but doubling from the IPO price is quite amazing. They

either pitched it at totally wrong levels or something is wrong," says one London-based trader.

Adyen shares were priced at 240 euros, the top of their indicated range but within the first

hour of trade they hit 480 euros, valuing the company at $17 billion.

"This has happened in Just Eat before," says another trader. The delivery app also jumped on

its IPO - though not as much as Adyen - in 2014, despite it being priced at the top of its

range.

Here's our full story on the IPO:

And our colleagues at BreakingViews offer their take:

BREAKINGVIEWS-Adyen's $17 bln pop flags bipolar IPO market

(Helen Reid)

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WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE ECB? VIEWS FROM THE STREET (1109 GMT)

With (Other OTC: WWTH - news) no surprises expected from today's Fed rate decision, European investors are turning

their attention to tomorrow's ECB meeting which could be somewhat more of a market mover.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts are pretty confident this meeting will mark the "end

of the QE affair". They see the ECB as likely to announce Quantitative Easing will end in

December after a short taper, with the first deposit rate hike in September 2019.

"There was always a risk that QE would allow 'free riding' behaviour. This is materialising

now," they say, pointing to Italy's new government's fiscal policy stance as a likely trigger

for more hawkishness from the central bank.

Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS-PB - news) analysts are less certain, expecting no concrete announcements on the asset

purchase programme to be made tomorrow as the ECB keeps its options open.

Goldman's base case is an extension of the APP (asset purchase programme) to end-2018,

tapering between September and December, with a first hike in the second half of 2019.

"Recent developments regarding Italy (and some weaker macro data) have raised the

probability of an APP extension into 2019, but we think this would require persistent financial

market stress with an area-wide macroeconomic implication," GS writes.

Angelo Meda, head of equities at Banor SIM, says: "I'm not expecting anything new from

tomorrow's ECB meeting. Nothing material but maybe the classic word from Draghi saying yes we

can wait for tapering. I think they will take time again and postpone any clear decision to

September."

(Helen Reid)

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MORNING SNAPSHOT: IT'S MIXED AS BIG CENTRAL BANK WEEK GETS UNDERWAY (0808 GMT)

European shares are struggling for direction today as investors stay on the sidelines in a

big week for central banks' policymaking. Today we have the Federal Reserve, tomorrow the

European Central Bank and on Friday there's the Bank of Japan.

Here's your snapshot and below your must-reads ahead of these three key events:

WRAPUP 2-With rate hike in the bag, focus turns to Fed's policy language

GRAPHIC-Time (Frankfurt: A11312 - news) to kiss easy money goodbye? Five questions for the ECB

PREVIEW-BOJ to debate factors behind disappointingly weak prices, policy on hold

(Danilo Masoni)

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WHAT'S ON THE RADAR FOR THE EUROPEAN OPEN (0652 GMT)

Futures are pointing to modest gains at the open for European shares, while the FTSE 100 is

set to slip as Britain’s parliament entered the second day of debates over a key EU withdrawal

bill.

Trading is likely to be muted as investors anxiously await a Fed meeting widely expected to

result in a rate rise, with an eye to Thursday’s ECB meeting which could shake up euro zone

markets.

On the corporate news front, investors are likely to be relieved by first-quarter results

from Zara owner Inditex (Amsterdam: IT6.AS - news) , which showed improved profitability despite a stronger euro – proof

that the currency headwind for euro zone exporters can be overcome. Its shares are indicated up

3 to 4 percent in pre-market.

Miner Glencore is also seen rising 1 to 2 percent at the open after its subsidiary Katanga

Mining reached a deal with the DRC (Shenzhen: 000530.SZ - news) state miner Gécamines to cease legal action.

WPP (Frankfurt: A1J2BZ - news) is in focus ahead of a fraught investors’ meeting likely to be dominated by anger over

the circumstances of CEO Martin Sorrell’s departure. As the market contemplates what could be

next for the advertising conglomerate, Goldman Sachs analysts said a full break-up of WPP (Swiss: OXWPP.SW - news) – a

difficult task given its size – could deliver up to 49 percent upside to WPP’s current share

price.

Also in the spotlight is Dixons Carphone (Frankfurt: CWB.F - news) , set for a 3 percent fall at the open, after it

announced a data security breach with 1.2 million records of non-financial personal data

accessed. UK small-cap logistics company Connect Group (LSE: CNCT.L - news) could sink as much as 30 to 50 percent

after a massive profit warning and its CEO stepping down.

(Helen Reid)

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CORPORATE NEWS IN FOCUS: INDITEX, WPP, GLENCORE (Amsterdam: GX8.AS - news) (0616 GMT)

Futures have opened modestly higher apart from the FTSE 100 whose futures are down 0.2

percent. It's a relatively busy day on the corporate front with results from Zara owner Inditex,

a fraught WPP shareholder meeting ahead and Glencore (Frankfurt: 8GC.F - news) 's subsidiary Katanga Mining resolving a

dispute with the DRC state miner Gecamines.

Here's what to keep an eye on:

Inditex Q1 gross margin improves despite strong euro

Sorrell's downfall set to dominate WPP investor meeting

Credit Suisse to get $385 mln in Lehman bankruptcy claim

Societe Generale (Swiss: 519928.SW - news) puts Polish unit up for sale -sources

Glencore unit Katanga settles DRC Congo dispute, shares surge

British lawmakers to question Sainsbury (Amsterdam: SJ6.AS - news) 's and Asda CEOs over deal

WTO chief warns of global downturn if trade dispute escalates

France's Suez (LSE: 0NRV.L - news) launches hazardous waste treatment plant JV in China

Renault (LSE: 0NQF.L - news) -Nissan-Mitsubishi (LSE: 7035.L - news) alliance says on track for cost savings goal

(Helen Reid)

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CENTRAL BANKS, INFLATION FIGURES AND POLITICS IN FOCUS (0554 GMT)

The Fed's rate rise should cause little volatility in markets as it's been widely flagged,

but investors could be more moved by euro area industrial production figures, CPI data due from

the UK, and Brexit developments.

"In the UK, inflation data, where we see scope for a fourth successive downside surprise,

and politics will be the drivers," Societe Generale analysts write.

The British parliament enters its second day of debate and voting on amendments to the EU

withdrawal bill today, with investors hoping for more clarity on which amendments the House of

Commons will accept.

"With the amendments typically tying the UK closer to the EU the more that are adopted, then

the softer Brexit could look," write SocGen (Paris: FR0000130809 - news) analysts.

Here's our look ahead at what's at stake in the debate:

And our summary of yesterday's action: UPDATE 8-Britain's May defuses revolt in parliament

over Brexit plans

(Helen Reid)

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EUROPEAN STOCKS TO STALL AS INVESTORS HOLD BREATH AHEAD OF FED, ECB (0535 GMT)

Europe's major benchmarks are set for a mixed open with investors likely to hold off trading

ahead of an FOMC meeting and the European Central Bank's meeting tomorrow.

The Fed is widely expected to raise rates for the second time this year, so what's really

going to be the focus is the outlook for future monetary tightening.

Asian shares slipped back overnight as investors looked to the Federal Reserve policy

decision later in the day and any clues it might give on future rate hikes, shifting focus away

from the historic U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore.

Spreadbetters call the DAX 13 points higher at 12,856, the CAC 40 down 1 point at 5,453, and

the FTSE 100 1 point higher at 7,705.

(Helen Reid)

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(Reporting by Danilo Masoni, Helen Reid, Kit Rees and Julien Ponthus)