(Reuters) – European shares extended losses on Monday as tensions following the killing of a top Iranian general by the United States kept buying restricted to safe havens, while energy stocks benefited from higher oil prices.
Gold prices jumped to a near seven-year high, while global equities extended losses from Friday. Oil prices rose on fears of supply disruptions. [MKTS/GLOB]
The European oil and gas stock index <.SXEP> rose about 0.6% and was the sole gainer among its peers, touching a near two-month high.
The pan-European STOXX 600 equity index <.STOXX> was down 0.7% by 0808 GMT and was set for its worst day in a week. German stocks <.GDAXI> were the worst performers in the region, dropping about 1%.
Meanwhile, investors were awaiting business activity data from the euro zone for December, which is expected to remain in expansion, albeit barely, according to a Reuters poll.
(Reporting by Ambar Warrick in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur)