European stocks on Monday were on track to end the quarter with a mild gain, capping three months of turmoil on the political and economic front.
Up 0.04% to 391.93 on the day, the Stoxx Europe 600 index SXXP, +0.11% has climbed 1.9% for the quarter. The U.S. S&P 500 SPX, -0.53% is up 0.7% over the same period. European stocks are much cheaper than their U.S. counterparts, reflecting worries about the area’s low growth. According to J.P. Morgan data, the Euro Stoxx 50 has a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.6, compared to 18.1 times for S&P 500 components.
Top gainers in Europe for the July-to-September period include telecoms group Altice Europe ATC, -0.79% , French supermarket chain Casino Guichard CO, +0.36% and U.K. aerospace firm Cobham COB, +0.03%, each with gains of over 40%.
Losers included software firm Micro Focus International MCRO, +0.96% , down 46% over the last three months, U.K. bank CYBG CYBG, +0.57% , which has dropped nearly 42%, and steel maker Evraz EVR, +1.22% , down 32%.
Attention is turning to U.S.-China trade talks scheduled for October. A Treasury Department spokeswoman over the weekend said there no current plans to block Chinese companies from listing in the U.S., after a published report unsettled markets on Friday.
Whitbread WTB, -5.08% shares fell 4.2% as Barclays downgraded the U.K. owner of Premier Inn low cost hotels to equal-weight, with the bank saying the firm’s investment case is “muddled.”
Electricite de France EDF, +2.68% shares rose 2.5% after the power firm said it will receive about 400 million euros in compensation for closing a nuclear power plant early.