European markets start mixed

European markets start mixed

On Thursday, European markets started mixed because market participants closely watched the minutes of the European Central Bank's latest policy gathering and also fresh corporate earnings reports.

The EURO STOXX 50 sank 0.01%, Germany’s DAX 30 slid 0.07% and France’s CAC 40 gained 0.01%.

Financial stocks demonstrated mixed performance too. In France, Societe Generale dived 0.02%, BNP Paribas gained 0.18%. Additionally, Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank lost respectively 0.48% and 0.47% in Germany.

As for peripheral lenders, in Italy Unicredit declined 0.35%, Intesa Sanpaolo soared 0.13%, while Spanish financial institutions Banco Santander and BBVA decreased respectively 0.05% and 0.23%.

FTSE 100 managed to inch up 0.15% in London, backed by steep revenues in the mining sector.

Stocks in BHP Billiton as well as Glencore rallied respectively 1.15% and 1.21%, while Antofagasta ascended 1.18% and Anglo American soared 1.75%.

 

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