(Reuters) – European shares retreated from a near two-year high on Tuesday as investors parsed through a mixed bag of earnings, with optimism surrounding the U.S.-China trade progress and Brexit keeping losses in check.
The pan-European fell 0.2% at 0813 GMT after scaling a 21-month high in the previous session, boosted by trade optimism and tracking gains on Wall Street, where the S&P 500 hit a record high. ()
The oil and gas sector () fell 0.5%, dragged down by British energy firm BP (L:), which reported a sharp drop in third-quarter profits, hurt by weaker oil prices and lower production.
Another set of disappointing numbers came from paper firm Stora Enso (HE:), down 7%, dragging down peers Mondi (L:) and Smurfit Kappa (I:), after reporting a drop in quarterly profit and warning about global political uncertainties.
On the other hand, shares of German healthcare group Fresenius (DE:) gained 3% to top the STOXX index after beating revenue expectations on strong sales in emerging markets and growth in its dialysis unit.
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