European stocks climbed for the third time in four days as investors assessed better-than-estimated earnings from companies including Credit Agricole SA and Schneider Electric SE.
Credit Agricole SA gained 4.9 percent after also saying it will sell back stakes in regional banks to shore up capital. Schneider Electric SE added 4.9 after saying it will buy back 1.5 billion euros ($ 1.7 billion) in shares. Total SA dropped 2.6 percent, leading energy shares lower, after a shareholder sold a stake.
The Stoxx Europe 600 Index added 0.6 percent at 8:21 a.m. in London. The benchmark is rising after yesterday snapping its biggest two-day advance since 2011 amid declines in lenders and miners.
Volatility has been on the rise since the start of the year amid a deepening oil rout, concern over global-growth prospects and dissipating faith in central-bank support.
Among other stocks active on corporate news, Glencore Plc rose 3.5 percent after the Swiss commodities trader and miner said it signed new loan commitments. Marine Harvest ASA added 1.7 percent after its net income beat estimates.
Losses in Credit Suisse Group AG and Daimler AG after earnings announcements dragged European stocks lower, even as commodity producers rallied the most since 2011.
After a day of jumps and slumps, the Stoxx Europe 600 Index closed down 0.2 percent, dropping for a fourth straight session. Credit Suisse slumped to its lowest price since 1992 after posting its biggest quarterly loss in seven years. Daimler AG fell 3.2 percent after saying growth will slow down. That contrasted with energy and commodity producers, which remained up all day. Even Royal Dutch Shell Plc, which reported a slump in profit, added 4.7 percent.
Fluctuations in the Stoxx 600 mirrored moved in oil. The gauge climbed as much as 1.1 percent and dropped 1.5 percent.
The slowdown in emerging countries is posing a major threat to recovery in the euro area, the European Commission said today, as it trimmed its 2016 growth forecast for the 19-nation region and warned inflation would be much slower than expected. Bank of England Governor Mark Carney cited similar concerns. In a speech in Frankfurt, Mario Draghi said the fact that inflation is weak globally won’t stop the European Central Bank from adding stimulus for the euro area if needed.
Among other stocks moving on earnings, ING Groep NV jumped 8.9 percent as quarterly profit beat estimates. AstraZeneca Plc lost 6.1 percent after forecasting a decline in earnings and sales for the year. Swisscom AG dropped 2.9 percent after annual net income missed projections.
Source : Bloomberg