European equity futures fall sharply on new concerns over China

jueves 7 de enero de 2016 03:04 GYT
 

LONDON Jan 7 (Reuters) - European equity futures fell sharply on Thursday after China accelerated the depreciation of the yuan, sending currencies across the region reeling and domestic stock markets tumbling.

Futures on the Euro STOXX 50, German DAX and French CAC indexes fell between 2.5-2.7 percent by 0702 GMT. Futures on Britain's FTSE 100 fell 1.9 percent.

The People's Bank of China (PBOC) again surprised markets by setting the official midpoint rate on the yuan, also known as the renminbi (RMB), at 6.5646 per dollar, the lowest since March 2011.

China's stock markets were suspended for the rest of the day less than half an hour after opening as a new circuit-breaking mechanism was tripped for the second time this week. (Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Atul Prakash)