European markets experienced a downturn on Wednesday, March 24th, due to financial stocks dragging down overall performance. The pan-European STOXX 600 index fell by 0.7%, while Germany's DAX and France's CAC 40 both experienced a drop of 0.9%.

The decline was largely driven by concerns about the global economic recovery and rising inflationary pressures, as well as uncertainty around the pace of COVID-19 vaccination campaigns. Financial stocks were particularly hard hit, with banks and insurance companies among the worst performers on the day.

Despite the overall downward trend, some sectors performed well. Energy stocks rose by 1.1%, boosted by higher oil prices, while technology stocks were up by 0.2%. Healthcare and consumer goods stocks also performed relatively well.

Investors are closely watching economic data releases and policy decisions from central banks, as they try to gauge the trajectory of the global economy and the impact of ongoing pandemic-related disruptions. The upcoming earnings season will also be closely watched, as companies report on their financial performance for the first quarter of 2023.

Overall, the mixed performance of European markets reflects the ongoing challenges and uncertainties facing the global economy, as countries navigate the path towards recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.