Europe Stocks Fall; Luxury-goods Firms Hit

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Europe shares close lower as shutdown fears weigh

“A number of courts have already had an opportunity to review this matter,” Nixon also said, referring to broader legal challenges to the death penalty. “We’re going to continue to monitor it very closely. At this point, there’s no stay in effect.” On Friday, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the Missouri Department of Corrections, alleging that the agency failed to comply with open records requests related to its planned use of propofol in executions. The Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists has also urged the state to reconsider using propofol, warning that Missouri “is on the verge of triggering a national drug shortage that will have a severe impact on the general welfare of the citizens of our state and our country.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has also expressed concern about any move that would limit access to the drug. A lawsuit filed against the state by 21 death-row inmates after the new protocol was announced remains pending. Missouri turned to propofol for executions only after the drugs it and other states previously used for lethal injection could no longer be obtained by prisons and corrections departments because drug makers did not approve of such uses. Propofol is America’s most popular anesthetic, according to the American Society of Anesthesiologists. About 50 million vials are administered annually in some 15,000 U.S. hospitals and clinics about four-fifths of all anesthetic procedures. The society said in a statement that propofol is popular because it works quickly and patients wake up faster with fewer side effects such as post-operative nausea. Convicted killer Allen Nicklasson is scheduled to die by injection on Oct. 23 in the state’s first use of propofol for capital punishment since changing its execution protocol last year. Joseph Franklin is scheduled to be put to death on Nov. 20.

EDT Europe stocks fall; luxury-goods firms hit Want to see how this story relates to your watchlist? Just add items to create a watchlist now: LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (MC) Add By Barbara Kollmeyer , MarketWatch MADRID (MarketWatch) European stock markets pared the worst of their losses on Monday, but still ended lower as the U.S. government shutdown entered a second week with little hope for a near-term resolution. The Stoxx Europe 600 index /quotes/zigman/2380150 XX:SXXP -0.23% fell 0.2% to close at 309.18, after earlier dropping nearly 1% and touching levels last seen in early September. The index closed out last week with an 0.7% loss. Click to Play Watch Alcoa, Boeing and BlackBerry Tomi Kilgore takes a look at which stocks traders will be watching during market action, including Alcoa, Boeing, and BlackBerry. Photo: Getty Images. Among decliners, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA /quotes/zigman/165816 FR:MC -1.06% /quotes/zigman/165816 FR:MC -1.06% fell 1.1%. In a report published Sunday , Reuters said analysts are growing increasingly concerned about the luxury groups brands and are worried these wont be able to provide alternative growth now that cash cow Louis Vuitton has fallen on tough times. A warning from Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew that Congress is playing with fire if it doesnt increase the debt ceiling in time increased investors anxiety about the U.S. budget stalemate and looming deadline to raise the countrys debt ceiling.

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continued, and as investors worried that the impasse could lead to the country defaulting on its debt. European shares closed lower on Monday as the partial government shutdown in the U.S. continued, and as investors worried that the impasse could lead to the country defaulting on its debt. IBEX 35 — The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 provisionally closed down 0.3 percent at 1,40.08 points, off earlier lows that saw it slip to its lowest in around a month. There are growing fears that the budget deadlock in the U.S. could run on, potentially hampering attempts to solve a greater challenge, that of raising the debt ceiling limit . That must be agreed upon before October 17, if the country is to avoid defaulting on its debts . On Sunday, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said that Congress was “playing with fire,” and warned the U.S. could default in just over a week. Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner vowed not to allow a vote on raising the debt ceiling to take place without a “serious conversation” about what was driving the debt. Speaking to ABC over the weekend, Boehner also warned the U.S. was on the path to a credit default. Democrats reposted that it was reckless of Boehner to raise the possibility of a default. “Comments yesterday by House Speaker John Boehner that he would not facilitate bills to reopen the government or lift the debt ceiling in the absence of an agreement to wide-reaching talks on fiscal policy suggest that we should not anticipate an early resolution,” Chris Scicluna, an economist at Daiwa Capital, said in a research note. The FTSE 100 closed unofficially down 0.3 percent; the German DAX closed down around 0.4 percent.