European shares rise on strong results from SAP and Lonza

miércoles 20 de julio de 2016 03:26 GYT

LONDON, July 20 (Reuters) - European shares edged up in early trade on Wednesday, with Swiss speciality chemicals and life sciences group Lonza and software firm SAP leading the market higher after reporting solid results.

Lonza shares rose 5.4 percent, the top gainer in the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index, as the company raised its guidance for 2016 after reporting the strongest earnings growth in its history during the first six months.

Shares in SAP, Europe's largest software company, rose 3 percent as unexpectedly strong growth in high-margin packaged software licenses fuelled its quarterly earnings. Its second-quarter operating profit rose 9 percent.

The pan-European STOXX Europe 600 and the FTSEurofirst 300 were both up 0.2 percent in early deals.

Gains were capped by weaker miners, with the European Basic Resources index falling 2 percent, the worst sectoral performer, as prices of metals dropped.

Anglo American fell 5.5 percent after lowering its full-year guidance, while BHP Billiton was down 2.2 percent after it fell 3 million tonnes short of its iron ore production guidance for fiscal 2016. (Reporting by Atul Prakash; editing by John Stonestreet)