European Stock Markets Closed Lower After a Short Trading Week

Market sentiment on Friday was buoyed by a stronger-than-anticipated jobs report, with investors overlooking a surge in rates.

European markets concluded the week on a downtrend as investors wrapped up a tepid first trading week of the new quarter.

Delivery Hero’s shares concluded 3% lower following reports that activist investor Sachem Head had acquired a 3.6% stake in the German delivery business, raising speculation about potential moves to replace CEO Niklas Oestberg.

Retail and utilities stocks experienced a drop of over 2%, while household goods saw a decline of 1.6%.

In Asia-Pacific, markets trended downwards on Friday, notably led by declines in Japan’s Nikkei 225, following comments from U.S. Federal Reserve officials that sparked concerns about the central bank potentially delaying rate cuts.

On the other side of the globe, U.S. stocks experienced a rebound on Friday after the Dow Jones Industrial Average recorded its worst trading day in over a year on Thursday.

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