EQUITIES IN FOCUS: Weak auto sector – BMW biggest loser in Dax |  information

EQUITIES IN FOCUS: Weak auto sector – BMW biggest loser in Dax | information

FRANKFURT (dpa-AFX) – The European car industry came under great pressure on Thursday. Stoxx Europe 600 Automobiles & Parts lost 2.5 percent and was one of the lowest performers in the sector table. In the leading German index Dax (DAX 40), BMW was the biggest loser. Brokers justified the weakness, among other things, on expectations of higher long-term interest rates. The US Federal Reserve announced the previous evening that interest rates would remain high for a long time in light of high inflation.

Automakers are considered very sensitive to the economy and interest rates. In periods of unusually high inflation, such as the current one, consumers may be more reluctant to make expensive purchases such as a car. In addition, financing costs when buying a car increase with capital market interest rates.

Since the beginning of the year, the European car industry has lost almost a quarter. “The reason for the sales pressure: concerns about future demand for cars,” wrote Ulrich Stephan, chief strategist at Deutsche Bank. Demand typically drops by about 20 percent during a downturn. In the short term, there is reason for hope, because an average overhang of eight million vehicles has increased due to semiconductor restrictions related to the pandemic. However, once this is completed, demand should drop significantly and put pressure on producers’ margins, the expert predicted.

At BMW, experts complained, among other things, that the Munich company is not as profitable as its biggest competitor Mercedes-Benz. BMW lost almost five percent, but Mercedes-Benz (Mercedes-Benz Group (ex-Daimler)) also lost ground. The prices of Volkswagen (Volkswagen (VW) vz) and Porsche SE (Porsche Automobil vz) as well as those of suppliers such as Continental and Infineon fell more than average and thus weighed on the leading index Dax./bek/la/jha/

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