European markets were choppy on Monday as volatility continued amid concerns over economic growth and monetary policy tightening from central banks.
The pan-European Stoxx 600 was fractionally below the flatline by early afternoon, having earlier fallen more than 0.8%. Food and beverage stocks were down 1% while retail stocks added 2.2%.
Along with concern over interest rate hikes from central banks and their impact on economic growth, markets in Europe are also watching developments in Ukraine, where the war is showing signs of escalating. Multiple explosions hit the center of Ukraine’s capital Kyiv on Monday.
European shares initially followed negative global sentiment as investors bet that last week’s U.S. jobs data will keep the Federal Reserve on an aggressive path of interest rate hikes. However, opening losses were all but erased by late morning.
U.S. stock futures were lower in early premarket trade on Monday, with Wall Street looking ahead to a key inflation print on Thursday and the beginning of corporate earnings season.