22.11. European markets lost growth after weak PMI On Friday, European stock markets slowed earlier growth. It was caused by the publication of the weak preliminary business activity index (PMI) in the Eurozone, which didn’t show the visible improvement in the economy of the region, still weighed down by the trade conflict between the US and China. According to IHS Markit, in October, the composite business activity index in the European Union fell from 50.6 to 50.3, fell short of the expectations for an improvement to 50.9. Data from France and Germany showed that manufacturing PMIs were stronger than expected, but service sector activity slowed sharply. Christina Lagarde, the new president of the European Central Bank noted, that she was not intended to sharply change the monetary policies of her predecessor, Mario Draghi. And judging by the shares, banks are confident that in the near future easing of monetary policy will not happen.