European stocks were caught in a tug-of-war as results drove sharp price swings in advertising, tech and industrials stocks.
European stock markets inched higher on Monday as expectations for a flurry of bumper corporate earnings and merger speculation outweighed fears about the escalating trade conflict between Beijing and Washington.
European stocks fell in early trading on Wednesday as an escalation in the U.S.-China trade dispute looked set to bring a six-session winning streak to an end.
European shares edged higher on Tuesday as investors shifted from worrying about a trade war to focusing on a corporate earnings season expected to deliver solid results.
Britain’s top share index fell back, weighed down by fresh weakness among miners and energy stocks, though investors cheered Sainsbury’s trading update.
European shares fell on Monday as worries about U.S. trade policies and concerns about German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government weighed on sentiment.
Dread over higher global barriers to trade kept a lid on European stock markets on Wednesday, with little other company and economic news to provide relief from rising protectionism which has hit equity markets hard.
Autos stocks slammed the brakes on a relief bounce in European shares, sinking after German carmaker Daimler (DAIGn.DE) warned profit would be hit by higher tariffs.
Britain’s top stock index fell as trade tensions between the United States and China kept the pressure on equity markets across Europe.
The FTSE 100 .FTSE climbed 0.8 percent to a three-week high, having fallen as much as 0.7 percent earlier.