European stocks mixed; results from Barclays, Deutsche Bank in focus

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European stocks mixed; results from Barclays, Deutsche Bank in focus
Credit: © Reuters. - European stock markets traded in a mixed fashion Thursday, as investors digested a deluge of corporate earnings, with the banking sector in particular focus.

At 04:05 ET (08:05 GMT), the DAX index in Germany traded 0.1% lower, the FTSE 100 in the U.K. fell 0.2%, while the CAC 40 in France climbed 0.2%.

The quarterly corporate season is in full flow in Europe, with the banking sector to the fore.

Barclays (LON: BARC ) stock rose 3.1% after the British lender reported better-than-expected first-quarter profit on Thursday after a strong performance from its credit card business.

Deutsche Bank (ETR: DBKGn ) stock rose 0.5% after the German banking giant posted a better-than-expected 9% rise in first-quarter profit, its 11th straight quarterly profit, as income from higher interest rates offset a slump in revenues at the investment bank.

BBVA (BME: BBVA ) stock rose 1.4% after the Spanish bank reported its first-quarter net profit rose almost 40% from the same quarter in 2022 thanks to a solid performance in Mexico, its main market.

These largely positive results in Europe have helped ease worries about contagion after U.S. regional lender First Republic Bank (NYSE: FRC ) slumped 30% Wednesday, adding to similar losses the previous session, after the bank revealed $100 billion in customer withdrawals last month, raising fears about its long term viability.

Away from the financial sector, Unilever (LON: ULVR ) stock rose 1.4% after the packaged goods giant easily beat quarterly sales forecasts on Thursday, as big price rises compensated for a small dip in volumes.

AstraZeneca (LON: AZN ) stock rose 0.9% after the drugmaker beat expectations for its first-quarter profit and revenue , helped by sales of its roster of drugs in emerging markets.

On the flip side, Pernod Ricard (EPA: PERP ) stock fell 0.1% after the French spirits group reported disappointing sales in the third quarter, but said it was still confident of delivering a strong performance over the 2022/2023 full year.

In economic news, Spanish retail sales jumped 9.5% on the year in March, a significant improvement on the revised 4.1% rise the previous month, while Italian business and consumer confidence remained healthy.

Oil prices edged higher Thursday, helped by a much larger-than-expected drop in weekly U.S. crude inventories, but are on course for a losing week on concerns slowing economic growth will hit future oil demand.

U.S. crude stocks fell by 5.1 million barrels last week, following a 4.6M barrel draw in the prior week and below the expected 1.5M barrel decrease, according to data from the Energy Information Administration , released late Wednesday.

By 04:05 ET, U.S. crude futures traded 0.4% higher at $74.58 a barrel, while the Brent contract climbed 0.5% to $78.14.

Both benchmarks are on course to post losses of almost 4% this week, close to a one-month low, having erased all the gains made on the back of a surprise production cut by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies at the start of this month. 

Additionally, gold futures rose 0.6% to $2,008.00/oz, while EUR/USD traded 0.1% higher at 1.1044.

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