European shares supported by firmer oil, earning updates
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* Pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 gains 0.2 pct
* UPM, BP up on better-than-expected results
* Banks outperform as StanChart rallies on results
* Air Liquide slumps after unexpected sales decline
By Danilo Masoni and Atul Prakash
MILAN/LONDON, April 26 (Reuters) - European shares ended slightly higher on Tuesday, supported by firmer oil prices and encouraging company results, with pulp and paper maker UPM and oil major BP rallying on better-than-expected figures.
UPM surged 9 percent, the second biggest gain in the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300, after reporting a 34-percent rise in adjusted operating profit in the first quarter.
"In Europe, local bourses are in the black, mostly on the back of a rebound in crude oil prices contributing to the markets risk-on sentiment and on positive corporate earnings surprises from several companies," Oanda currency strategist Dean Popplewell said in a note. Continuación...