Europe shares mixed as buoyant results offset China woes

martes 18 de agosto de 2015 12:45 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 (Updates with detail, closing price)

By Alistair Smout and Lionel Laurent

LONDON, Aug 18 (Reuters) - European equities were mixed on Tuesday, as buoyant corporate results offset 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 posted losses. Blue-chips in France, Germany and Italy were 0.1 percent to 0.3 percent lower.

Britain's FTSE underperformed, down 0.4 percent as sterling strengthened. The foreign exchange move distorted the calculation of the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index to leave it up 0.2 percent at 1,535.46 points, even though benchmark national indexes fell.

Traders said volumes were in Europe, with only 63.5 percent of the 90-day average volume traded. Surprisingly weak U.S. data released on Monday also weighed on sentiment.   Continuación...