MILAN/LONDON (Reuters) - European shares rose on Tuesday in a choppy session, as stocks were buoyed by upbeat comments in Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s testimony amid a batch of mixed company updates.
The declines were offset by strength in banks and a rebound in mining stocks.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index was up 0.2 percent at its close. Earlier losses turned to gains following Powell’s testimony, in which the Fed chairman said that he saw “several years” of strength in the jobs market and low inflation.
Powell's testimony sent the dollar higher, putting pressure on the euro, which in turn helped the German exporter-heavy DAX index .GDAXI to outperform. It ended 0.9 percent higher.
“Currency weaknesses are resulting in outperformance for European indices against their U.S. counterparts,” Joshua Mahony, market analyst at IG, said.
Eyes were also on the second-quarter earnings season.
Husqvarna HUSQb.ST fell the most on the STOXX, 17.4 percent, after the world's biggest maker of outdoor power tools posted an unexpected drop in operating profit. Its CEO told Reuters that it expected a negative effect from tariffs in 2018 and a bigger impact in 2019.
Banks, buoyed in the previous session by better-than-expected earnings from Deutsche Bank DBKGn.DE, declined. SEB SEBa.ST gained 4.3 percent after net interest income at the Swedish bank beat forecasts thanks to strong corporate demand.
Positive updates also lifted shares in French supermarket retailer Casino CASP.PA, Norwegian media group Schibsted SBSTA.OL and Swedish medical technology group Getinge GETIb.ST, which rose 3.2 percent, 12.6 percent and 10.5 percent respectively.
Thyssenkrupp TKAG.DE jumped more than 9 percent after Chairman Ulrich Lehner quit, raising hopes of a restructuring at the German conglomerate.
“A sharply worded resignation announcement from Dr. Lehner makes clear that aggressive restructuring may be in the cards, supporting our 33 euros sum of the parts based price target,” Jefferies analyst Seth Rosenfeld said.
Elsewhere, dealmaking activity drove share price moves.
Swedish telecom operator Telia TELIA.ST fell more than 4 percent after agreeing to buy TDC's Norwegian business. Italian TV group Mediaset MS.MI added 3.5 percent after it made a joint bid for tower company EI Towers EIT.MI.
EI Towers soared 15.1 percent.
Reporting by Danilo Masoni and Kit Rees; Editing by Alison Williams
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