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European stocks slipped into the red at midday on Friday as the euro zone economy shrank by 0. 6% in the first quarter of the year and slid into a "double-dip" recession due to continuing Covid lockdowns.
UK bank Barclays on Friday said first quarter profits had more than doubled, but cautioned that its outlook remained uncertain due to the Coviud-19 pandemic.
Shares in UK cybersecurity company Darktrace soared on debut, gaining 40% to 350p each after their sale in an initial public offering valuing the firm at £1. 7bn.
European stocks made small gains at the opening on Friday, boosted by another set of corporate earnings ahead of euro zone first quarter economic growth data.
Valve and instrumentation maker Rotork said first quarter performance continued to improve in line with expectations despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
European shares paced gains towards record highs at midday on Thursday boosted by strong corporate earnings across the region and the US Federal Reserve's decision to maintain loose monetary policy.
European stocks edged back towards record-highs on Thursday after a slew of upbeat earnings reports and the US Federal Reserve’s pledge to stick to loose monetary policy.
Britain's Heathrow airport on Thursday reported further losses and slashed passenger forecasts as the Covid-19 pandemic continued to batter the travel sector.
Oil and gas giant Shell reported higher first quarter earnings and lifted its dividend on the back of higher oil and liquefied natural gas prices.
Glencore said it was on track to deliver earnings at the top half of guidance on the back of rising commodities prices.
Tullow Oil on Thursday said it was offering notes worth $1. 8bn and had received $600m in commitments from lenders as part of its debt refinancing plans.
Automotive distributor Inchcape said it expected 'material growth' in profits and an improved 2021 operating after better-than-expected first-quarter.
Medical products supplier Smith & Nephew reinstated full year guidance after a rise in first quarter revenues driven by increased surgery volumes, acquisitions and new products.
European stocks were sluggish at midday on Wednesday as investors eyed news from the US Federal Reserve later in the day, with strong results from Deutsche Bank, Lloyds Banking Group and Santander boosting local markets.
British retailer Dixons Carphone said it was repaying £73m in government furlough money after online sales of electrical goods more than doubled in the year to April 25 offsetting the impact of store closures during the Covid lockdowns.
Gambling firm 888 Holdings reported a better-than-expected 56% increase in first quarter revenues driven by its casino and sports betting markets.
Britain’s Lloyds Bank reported better than expected first quarter profits after releasing £459m set aside for potential Covid-related bad loans, reflecting an improved economic outlook, in the last set of results for outgoing chief executive António Horta-Osório.
European stocks struggled for direction at the opening on Wednesday with strong results from Deutsche Bank, Lloyds Banking Group and Santander boosting local markets.
UK and Ireland builders merchant and DIY retailer Grafton Group raised full year profit forecasts after better-than-expected revenues during March and April.
European stocks slipped into red territory at lunchtime on Tuesday despite positive earnings reports from BP and HSBC, with investors waiting for the start of the US Federal Reserve’s two-day policy meeting.