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Euro Zone banking Oil price falls Iran sanctions lifted and Property Industry and Portals

European shares fell on Monday, following Asia lower and led by banks after the European Central Bank said it would quiz euro zone lenders about high levels of bad loans, while oil prices tumbled on the prospect of more supply from Iran.

With U.S. markets closed for the Martin Luther King Day holiday, U.S. stock index futures slipped 0.3 percent SPc1.

European shares opened higher but any prospect of a rally after stocks hit their lowest since December 2014 on Friday quickly fizzled out.

Rightmove Plc the UK largest property search website saw the its steepest fall in a day since August 2015 ,RMV also hit a 52-Week high in November of last year.

Last year ,London saw a dramatic drop in new property listings in November 2015 with supply down 21 per cent compared to October. Richmond upon Thames was worst - down almost a third (31 per cent) while Bromley and Hillingdon each had a 30 per cent drop.

No London borough saw an increase in new listings in November.

Alex Gosling, HouseSimple chief executive, insists this indicates more than just a seasonal drop-off. 

“The total number of new property listings in November across the UK was just over 65,000 - that is nearly 20,000 less than in October. The drop off is too dramatic to be simply attributed to seasonality factors alone” he claims.

“The government has implemented several schemes to help people get onto the property market ... however, they aren’t addressing the supply shortage, and if there are no homes to buy, these schemes are just window dressing.”

Zoopla UK second largest property search site has seen a volatile trading year , [OTM]was set up to destabilise the two dominant portals by corporate london based high street estate agents , Zoopla and Rightmove both allow online estate agents to list  with the exception of This is having a negative impact on the property industry , as the public sentiment grows with many choosing fixed fee online estate agents. If the property Portal zoopla continues falling in market value, it could have major implications ,with the CMA involvement.

Emoov CEO Russel Quirk discusses the launch of OTM in 2015 

CMA  has warned that agents must not collude in deciding which portals to use or drop – in other words, warning that a collectively organised boycott could breach competition law.





Price Fixing CMA

The National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team, which has also had complaints about OTM, has said it is in ongoing discussions with the CMA about the portal.

The CMA would not reveal what these discussions might centre around .

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The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index .FTEU3, which has lost more than 10 percent this year, dropped a further 0.2 percent, with an index of euro zone banks .SX7E down 3.3 percent.

An ECB spokesman said on Sunday a number of banks would be asked about high levels of non-performing loans. The burden of such loans, particularly in Greece, Portugal, Spain and Italy, is curbing the euro zone's economic recovery by limiting banks' ability to lend.

Portuguese stocks .PSI20 were down 3.4 percent and Italy .FTMIB lost 2.3 percent

"The uncertainty in the market, be it in Europe or wherever else, is causing these banks to suffer," Mark Foulds, sales trader at ETX Capital, said, adding that the sector was also under pressure from recent volatility linked to China.

"When the markets fall like they have done, everyone feels on edge. The market is dire, and there's not the liquidity that there used to be, which can mean the market gets oversold."

Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index fell 0.4 percent.

Earlier, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS fell to its lowest since October 2011, down 0.7 percent.

Japan's Nikkei .N225 tumbled as much as 2.8 percent to a one-year low before closing down 1.1 percent. It has lost 20 percent from a peak hit in June, meeting a common definition of a bear market.

The volatile Shanghai Composite index .SSEC touched intraday lows last seen in August but closed up 0.4 percent. It remains down nearly 18 percent this month.

In oil markets, the prospect of a jump in Iranian crude exports after international sanctions against the country over its nuclear programme were lifted at the weekend weighed heavily on oil.

Brent crude, the global benchmark, was last down 18 cents a barrel at $28.76 LCOc1, having earlier dipped below $28 for the first time since December 2003.

"The lifting of key sanctions should allow it (Iran) to increase crude exports this year by at least 500,000 barrels a day on average, putting further downward pressure on oil prices in the near term," Barclays analysts said in a note on Monday.

Analysts at JPMorgan said oil-producing countries will need to sell large quantities of stocks and bonds this year to cover shortfalls in their budgets resulting from the oil price slump.

They estimate sales of $110 billion bonds this year, up from $45 billion last year, and $75 billion of equities compared with $10 billion.


In currency markets the Chinese yuan rose 0.5 percent CNH= in offshore trade to 6.5830 per dollar, as Chinese authorities continued to stamp down on speculative yuan selling.

China will start implementing a reserve requirement ratio on some banks involved in the offshore yuan market, the People's Bank of China said on Monday, in what appears to be its latest attempt to stem speculation in the currency.

The safe-haven yen gave up some of its gains after having risen to a five-month high of 116.51 to the dollar JPY= on Friday. It stood at 117.34, down 0.3 percent on the day. The euro weakened 0.2 percent to $1.0890 EUR=.

The dollar has struggled to gain ground since the Federal Reserve's historic interest rate rise a month ago. After data on Friday indicating U.S. economic growth braked sharply in the fourth quarter, short-term interest rate futures <0#FF:> price in only one hike by year-end, compared with two priced in as the year began.

In European bond trading, yields were mostly flat.

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