The pan-European Stoxx 600 was down around 0.1% during early morning deals, with most sectors and major bourses in negative territory.
Europe’s basic resources stocks led the losses shortly after the opening bell, down almost 1%. It comes after Glencore announced Thursday that the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is investigating whether the miner and its units had violated certain “corrupt practices.” Shares of the London-listed stock fell over 3.5% on the news.
Looking at individual stocks, Deutsche Bank posted stronger-than-anticipated first-quarter net profit Friday morning. Germany’s flagship lender reported 201 million euros ($223 million) in net income for the first three months of the year. The figures came less than 24 hours after bank formally abandoned merger talks with Commerzbank. Shares of Deutsche bank slipped 3%.
France’s Sopra Steria said revenue rose approximately 10% in the first three months of the year, citing a buoyant market for digital services in Europe. The Paris-listed stock surged to the top of the European benchmark on the news, with shares up more than 6%.
Skanska tumbled to the bottom of the index Friday morning, after the Swedish builder posted a surprise fall in first-quarter operating earnings. Profit at its commercial development operations slumped in the first three months of the year, prompting shares to fall 5%.