Nokia, BNP earnings prop European stocks as growth worries linger

The pan-European STOXX 600 was on course to end the month flat-to-lower after weak economic data.

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Technology stocks were the top gainers, up 1.6 per cent after Wall Street's tech giants, Apple, Amazon and Facebook, reported forecast-beating results overnight.
European shares were largely flat on Friday after encouraging earnings updates from Nokia, BNP Paribas and others countered concerns about a global economic recovery as coronavirus cases surged globally.

The pan-European STOXX 600 was on course to end the month flat-to-lower after weak economic data and concerns about the 2020 U.S. presidential election sent the index to a one-month low on Thursday.

Concerns about a resurgence in Covid-19 cases in Europe weighed, with Paris-listed shares edging lower even as data showed the French economy contracted by a smaller-than-expected rate in the second quarter.


Euro zone GDP numbers are due at 0900 GMT.

In earnings-driven moves, Finnish telecom network equipment maker Nokia surged 10.6 per cent to the top of STOXX 600 as it reported an unexpected rise in its underlying profit.

Technology stocks were the top gainers, up 1.6 per cent after Wall Street's tech giants, Apple, Amazon and Facebook, reported forecast-beating results overnight.
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BNP Paribas rose 3.9 per cent as it earned a higher-than-expected quarterly profit, boosted by a surge in fixed income trading and strong demand for corporate finance.

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