European stocks on Tuesday recovered some of the ground lost in the prior session, with gains tentative on continuing worries about trade tensions.
After ending Monday with the worst drop since Oct. 2 on concerns over U.S. manufacturing and the re-introduction of U.S. tariffs on Brazil and Argentina, the Stoxx Europe 600 SXXP, +0.15% rose 0.22% to 401.88.
The U.K. FTSE 100 UKX, -0.67% fell 0.67% to 7237.52 , pressured as the rise in sterling GBPUSD, +0.3941% weighed on British-based multinationals who earn the bulk of their profits outside the country.
The U.S. also introduced its plan to slap tariffs on $2.4 billion of French products, if France goes ahead with a digital services tax mostly aimed at big U.S. tech companies.
Shares of Italian bank UniCredit UCG, +0.36% edged higher as it laid out plans, at a London capital markets event, to cut 8,000 jobs by the end of 2023 and return 8 billion euros to investors. Analysts at UBS said there were no big surprises in the plan, with the guidance for 2020 results looking below consensus but the bank presenting a more attractive shareholder return proposition.
Shares of movie theater operator Cineworld Group CINE, +2.72% rose 3.1% as the company said the integration benefits from its purchase of Regal Entertainment will be more than anticipated. The company said 11-month revenue slumped 9.7%, and that trading for the full year will be slightly below management expectations given the weaker box office.