European shares extend losses, Sandvik slips after downgrade

viernes 4 de diciembre de 2015 05:56 GYT

* FTSEurofirst 300 index falls 0.2 percent

* Sandvik drops after JP Morgan downgrade

* AXA up after raising dividend payout target

By Atul Prakash

LONDON, Dec 4 (Reuters) - European shares fell on Friday, extending steep losses from the previous session when the European Central Bank's new stimulus measures disappointed some investors, with bearish broker updates hurting companies such as Sandvik and Whitbread.

Sandvik fell 3.1 percent after JP Morgan cut its rating on the engineering company to "underweight" from "neutral" and lowered its target price for the stock.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was down 0.2 percent at 1,460.13 points by 0928 GMT, a day after slumping 3.3 percent to record its biggest one-day fall since late August after the ECB's policy update fell short of high expectations.

The ECB cut its deposit rate deeper into negative territory and extended its asset buys by six months -- widely anticipated moves that some investors considered the bare minimum after the bank had for weeks stoked expectations of stimulus moves.

"In an environment where you were expecting central banks to pump in more liquidity and you don't get it, then investors are just reassessing their expectations of what central banks are going to deliver for them," Peter Dixon, economist at Commerzbank, said.   Continuación...