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Europe: Shares dip in early trade


[LONDON] European equities slipped early on Tuesday, extending losses from a subdued start to the week as miners came under pressure while results weighed on Pandora, IHG and Standard Life in otherwise thin summer trading.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index was down 0.2 per cent, while blue chips also fell 0.2 per cent. Britain's FTSE 100 was also down 0.2 per cent, as was Germany's DAX.

Basic resources was a big sectoral fallers, down 0.3 per cent as weaker-than-expected trade data from the world's biggest consumer of metals, China, weighed on the underlying price of copper.

While moves in the index were muted, earnings were behind some sizeable price action among single stocks, with jewellery maker Pandora slumping nearly 8 per cent after second quarter results lagged estimates.

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British insurer Standard Life declined 1.2 per cent after reporting first half figures, while InterContinental Hotels Group fell 3 per cent after disappointing numbers for growth in revenue per room.

Finnish tyre maker Nokian soared 9.5 per cent and was set for its best day since February 2016 after reporting better-than-expected quarterly profit on improved Russian demand, and raising its forecast.

German power plant and energy trading group Uniper was also a top riser, gaining more than 3 percent after it lifted its outlook for operating profit and dividend.

So far around 70 per cent of MSCI Europe companies have reported second quarter earnings, of which more than 60 percent have either met or beaten analysts' expectations, according to Thomson Reuters data.

The figure is around the same for euro zone firms.