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(Reuters) – European shares were lacklustre on Monday after a strong week driven by aggressive bets of interest rate cuts, while gains in energy stocks were offset by weak healthcare as German drugs-to-pesticides group Bayer slid to a 12-year low.
The pan-European STOXX 600 was little changed by 0810 GMT after jumping nearly 3% last week and on track to log its first monthly gain since August.
As investors started pricing in 100-basis-point rate cuts for 2024 with the first one seen as soon as April, European Central Bank officials shunned market optimism, flagging still-high inflation and a somewhat resilient economy.
Energy stocks led sectoral gains with a 0.7% advance, while healthcare shed 0.6% after Bayer lost 12% on aborting a large late-stage trial testing a new anti-clotting drug.
Germany’s DAX fell 0.1%.
Ashtead Group tanked 13.5% after the British equipment rental firm expects annual profit below expectations and a more than $2 billion depreciation charge for the year.
(Reporting by Ankika Biswas in Bengaluru; Editing by Mrigank Dhaniwala)