Telenor, Weir Group lead European shares higher

LONDON, July 17 (Reuters) – European shares nudged higher in
early deals on Monday, though trading was characterized by thin
volumes as a busy few weeks of earnings reports from top
regional and U.S. firms gets underway.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.2 percent,
while the blue chips struggled to hold slim gains.
Last week, European indices enjoyed their strongest week in more
than two months as investors quickly bought the dip spurred by
central banks turning slightly hawkish.

Second-quarter results season kicked off in the U.S. last
Friday with numbers from Citigroup and JPMorgan.

Analysts are expecting earnings to grow 9 percent
year-on-year for European firms, compared with 8 percent for the
U.S., according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Updates from some Nordic firms spurred some sizeable moves,
however, with shares in Norway’s Telenor jumping more
than 7 percent. The telecoms firm raised its outlook for 2017
earnings margins after its operating results beat expectations.

Likewise shares in British engineer Weir Group rose
6.4 percent after it increased forecasts for its oil and gas

On the downside, shares in Swedish medical technology firm
Getinge dropped nearly 7 percent after its second
quarter core profits lagged forecasts.

While almost every sector was in positive territory, basic
resources were the biggest gainers, up around 1 percent
with miners Anglo American, Norsk Hydro and
Glencore leading the charge higher after the price of
copper hit a three-and-a-half month high following strong
Chinese GDP figures, the world’s biggest consumer of metals.

Volatile trading continued for trouble UK midcap
construction services firm Carillion which appointed EY
to help with its strategic review. The stock, which has lost
two-third of its value over the past week, rose 7 percent in
early trades.

(Reporting by Kit Rees, Editing by Vikram Subhedar)

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