(Corrects to ‘tally’ from ‘rally’ in the fourth paragraph)
Jan 27 (Reuters) - European stocks slid on Wednesday, weighed down by concerns about a slow economic recovery, while most investors kept to the sidelines ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s policy decision.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index dropped 0.4% in early trading, following losses in Asian markets and Wall Street.
Microsoft’s bumper results did little to help Europe’s tech sector, which dropped 1.3%, while miners , oil & gas and banks fell close to 1% each.
Global coronavirus cases surpassed 100 million, according to a Reuters tally, and Europe - the worst-affected region in the world - is currently reporting a million new infections about every four days.
Precious metal miner Fresnillo Plc slid 3.1% after it forecast lower gold output for the current year.
Hygiene products maker Essity slipped 0.6% despite reporting a smaller-than-expected drop in quarterly operating profit.
French luxury group LVMH rose 1.4% as booming sales at fashion brands like Louis Vuitton, particularly in China, helped to cushion the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Gucci-owner Kering gained 1%. (Reporting by Sruthi Shankar in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)