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By Steve Goldstein, MarketWatch
Deutsche Bank shares tumbled Wednesday in an otherwise listless European stock market which paused ahead of a critical European Central Bank decision.
The Stoxx Europe 600 dropped 0.2% to 390.62.
The U.K. FTSE 100 fell 0.8% to 7,496.36, hurt after a brokerage downgrade of heavyweight miners Rio Tinto (RIO.LN) , BHP Group(BHP.LN) and Anglo American (AAL.LN) . See London Markets (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/miners-weigh-on-london-as-broker-calls-top-for-iron-ore-2019-07-24).
The German DAX rose 0.1% to 12,500.87 and the French CAC 40 lost 0.5% to 5,592.94.
What's moving markets
The mood in markets was hurt after the U.S. Justice Department announced late Tuesday it was probing the U.S. technology giants (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-finally-admits-it-is-investigating-big-tech-for-antitrust-2019-07-23) that have carried stock markets higher.
Closer to home, purchasing managers indexes in Europe flagged rough economic conditions, with flash German manufacturing PMI sliding to an 84-month low of 43.1 in July. Eurozone manufacturing PMI fell to an 75-month low. Any reading below 50 indicates contracting conditions.
Against that weak backdrop, the ECB on Thursday is expected to lay the groundwork for an interest-rate cut in September.
Related: It's the ECB's turn to take a step toward further easing when it meets Thursday (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/its-the-ecbs-turn-to-take-a-step-toward-further-easing-when-it-meets-thursday-2019-07-23)
Deutsche Bank shares dropped nearly 5% to EUR6.80, moving the stumbling German lender near its 50-day moving average of EUR6.54. Deutsche Bank reported a EUR3.15 billion loss (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/deutsche-bank-reports-35-billion-quarterly-loss-2019-07-24) in the second quarter, after taking a 3.4 billion restructuring charge, which was larger than it previously flagged. Excluding the charge, it would've reported a lower-than-expected EUR231 million loss.
Deutsche Bank shares have lost 35% over the last 12 months.
Battered U.K. broadcaster ITV (ITV.LN) enjoyed some relief, with the stock jumping nearly 7%. The country's largest commercial broadcaster reported a 16% drop in first-half pretax profit and announced new cost savings. The stock is still down 34% over the last 12 months.
Shares of chip equipment maker ASM International (ASM.AE) leapt 7%, with the company reporting a doubling of second-quarter profit and new orders and a EUR100 million buyback program.
(END) Dow Jones Newswires
July 24, 2019 05:14 ET (09:14 GMT)
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