European shares set for heaviest week of losses since August

viernes 8 de enero de 2016 11:57 GYT

* FTSEurofirst set for worst weekly loss since August

* Stocks fall back after initial move up after U.S. data (Updates prices)

By Sudip Kar-Gupta

LONDON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - European shares fell on Friday, with lingering worries about China leaving the region's stock markets with stinging losses for the week.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was down 0.7 percent going into the close of trading. It was down nearly 6 percent so far this week - its biggest weekly drop since late August.

Equity markets had received a lift earlier in the day as major Chinese stock indices rose, after regulators suspended the circuit breaker mechanism that halted trading twice this week. The shutdowns were blamed for exacerbating the sell-offs they were intended to limit.

Some investors said China's ability to manage its markets has been damaged nevertheless. A fall in the yuan also raised concerns about a slowdown in China, the world's second-biggest economy.

Stock markets also failed to hold onto an initial move higher after strong U.S. jobs data. Even though the data highlighted momentum in the world's biggest economy, it also showed a fall in average hourly earnings.

"Average hourly earnings are not growing, and that's slightly disappointing," said Hantec Markets' analyst Richard Perry.   Continuación...