Europe shares mixed as buoyant results offset China woes

martes 18 de agosto de 2015 10:15 GYT

* Most national indexes fall, FTSEurofirst rises

* Wirecard, Jyske Bank, L&S get results lift

* China weighs on market, mining stocks fall

* RWE hit by broker downgrades (Adds detail, quote)

By Alistair Smout and Lionel Laurent

LONDON, Aug 18 (Reuters) - European equities were steady on Tuesday, with a buoyant set of corporate results offset by the impact of weak trade in Asia and a fall in commodities prices driven by worries over China's growth outlook.

Most major indexes across Europe were in negative territory, with blue-chips in France, Germany and Italy 0.1 percent to 0.3 percent lower.

Britain's FTSE underperformed, down 0.4 percent as sterling strengthened. The sharp foreign exchange move distorted the calculation of the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index to leave it up 0.2 percent to 1,533.87 points, despite benchmark indexes being lower.

Traders said volumes were relatively muted in Europe, with under 40 percent of the 90-day average volume traded by 1405 GMT. Surprisingly weak U.S. data released on Monday also weighed on sentiment.   Continuación...