European Factors-Futures turn lower despite buoyant earnings
LONDON Aug 18 (Reuters) - Futures markets pointed to a negative open for European shares on Tuesday, despite a set of buoyant earnings, with traders pointing to the after-effects of surprisingly weak U.S. data on Monday and market declines in Asia exacerbated by relatively thin mid-August trading volumes.
UK inflation data was also due later, with economists expecting it to stay flat at zero. The timing of a potential interest-rate hike was under fresh scrutiny after Bank of England official Kristin Forbes warned Britain's economic recovery could be damaged if the central bank waited too long to raise rates.
Euro STOXX 50 futures were trading 0.5 percent lower at 0645 GMT, with German DAX futures and French CAC futures down 0.3 to 0.5 percent.
"There has been a poor session in Asia and I don't think investors are getting involved...Basic inertia and low volumes are dragging markets lower," said Michael Hewson, analyst at CMC Markets.
Pan-European equities are down some 7 percent since their April peaks, with Greece's ongoing debt drama and jitters over China's recent move to allow its currency to weaken balanced by the European Central Bank's policy easing and one of the best earnings seasons in five years.
Traders said there was little in the way of fresh risk-taking and that volumes were relatively thin.
"The reality is that we are still languishing around the lows from the China devaluation sell-off," said Jonathan Sudaria, trader at London Capital Group.
On the corporate earnings front, Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Spruengli confirmed its full-year sales target after net profit rose 15.6 percent in the first half. Its shares were expected to open up around 2.1 percent higher.
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