European Factors to Watch-Shares seen mixed as BNP beats, Nokia misses
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LONDON, April 30 (Reuters) - European shares were seen opening mixed after a two-day slide on Thursday as investors sifted through a host of corporate earnings, including profit beats from French bank BNP Paribas and insulin maker Novo Nordisk and disappointing numbers from Finland's Nokia.
At 0620 GMT, futures for the Euro STOXX 50, Germany's DAX, France's CAC and Britain's FTSE indexes were between 0.2 percent higher and 0.3 percent lower.
The indexes had fallen sharply over the previous two sessions, hit by disappointing U.S. consumer confidence and output data, which curbed growth expectations for Europe's largest trading partner and boosted the euro against the dollar.
Investors were looking at corporate earnings for confirmation that Europe's own nascent economic recovery remained on track.
BNP, Novo Nordisk and Norwegian oil firm Statoil and chemical firm BASF all beat consensus expectations with their quarterly reports, but Finnish telecoms firm Nokia disappointed and Royal Bank of Scotland slipped to a loss in the first quarter after making new provisions to cover charges for past misconduct and litigation.
With just over a third of European earnings releases out as of Wednesday, 61 percent of companies that had reported to that date had met or beaten expectations, StarMine data showed.
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