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 (

   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 ( 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 (

Focus stocks

Deutsche Bank shares (DBK.XE) (DBK.XE) 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 ( 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 05:23 ET (09:23 GMT)

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