October 15, 2020
(Reuters) – European shares fell for a third straight session on Thursday as concerns about the economic damage from more coronavirus-induced lockdowns and fading hopes for U.S. fiscal stimulus before the presidential election dented demand for equities globally.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index <.STOXX> was down 1.3% as France imposed curfews and other European nations said they were closing schools and cancelling surgeries to tackle the surge in COVID-19 infections ahead of the winter season.
Bourses in France <.FCHI>, Italy <.FTMIB>, Spain <.IBEX> and Germany <.GDAXI> fell between 1.3% and 1.6%.
In the UK, ex-dividend trading weighed on the blue-chip FTSE 100 <.FTSE>, while investors looked for signs of progress in a Brexit trade deal with the two-day European Union summit set to kick off later in the day.
Swiss drugmaker Roche <ROG.S> shed 1.9% even as it posted record revenue in its diagnostics division that offset declining drug sales and kept it on track to meet its full-year 2020 targets.
(Reporting by Sagarika Jaisinghani in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)