Cautious European shares ends flat as BP gains offset earnings’ drag



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Cautious European shares ends flat as BP gains offset earnings’ drag

On Tuesday, a gauge of European stock indices had winded down the day flatlined amid a bundle of dismal earnings’ report, nonetheless a rise in energy stocks which followed an upsurge in British energy supermajor BP Plc.

shares after it had revealed plans to slash its crude oil and natgas output alongside to step up investment in renewable energies, had eclipsed the losses stemmed from disappointing earnings’ report from a raft of major consumers goods’ behemoths including the spirit maker Diageo.

As a matter of fact, Tuesday’s European market had been cautious, while investors appeared to be stockpiling safe-haven defensives, however, against the trend of the day, the broader gas & oil index .SXEP gained 2.5 per cent after BP Plc.

had climbed as much as 6.5 per cent despite shrugging off dividends for the first time in a decade and stomaching a quarterly loss of $6.7 billion, while the growth-related cyclical stocks alongside automakers stocks had also soared.

Apart from that, while the financials had also recouped some of its footings, the regional pan-European STOXX 600 wrapped up 0.1 per cent lower after slipping as much as 0.6 per cent earlier on the day.

Disappointing earnings barely make an impact, suggest analysts

Quoting statistics, on the day’s European market closing bell, London’s FTSE 100 ended the day 0.05 per cent higher to 6,036.00, French CAC 40 gained 0.28 per cent to 4,889.52, while Frankfurt’s DAX 30 dwindled 0.36 per cent to 12,600.87.

Elsewhere in the Europe, Italy’s FTSE MIB had rounded off the day 1.21 per cent higher to 19,613.85 following an after-market rally, while Madrid’s IBEX 35 added 0.67 per cent to curtain off the day at 7,021.60.

Meanwhile, adding that the Tuesday’s European market had absorbed the shocks of another set of dreadful earnings’ reports, a portfolio manager for Fidelity Funds European Growth Matt Siddle said on the day’s European market closure, “Overall, the decline (in earnings) isn’t quite as large as people had feared.

However, that is not feeding through into people upgrading their estimates for the rest of the year.