European stock markets a sea of red

|By:, SA News Editor

European equities diverge from Asian shares and are firmly lower following disappointing Chinese and German PMI surveys.

There's also the continued tension with Russia over Ukraine as President Obama arrives in Europe for a tour that is set to be dominated by the crisis.

Euro Stoxx 50 -0.8%, London -0.1%, Paris -0.6%, Frankfurt -0.3%, Milan -0.4%, Madrid -1%.

U.S. stock futures: Dow +0.1%, S&P +0.2%, Nasdaq +0.3%