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European stocks are under pressure in early deals, with all the major bourses in the red after weakness in Asia and on Wall Street overnight and as investors digest a slew of poor earnings from Nokia to Peugeot and UK housebuilder Taylor Wimpey.

Finnish telecom equipment maker Nokia is down 10 percent at 6-month lows and set for its worst day since late 2017 after it reported a surprise Q1 loss. The news is denting shares of rival Ericsson, which is down 1.5 percent.

Peugeot is the top loser on the Paris bourse after warning of continued sales decline in China in its Q1 results.

Taylor Wimpey's downbeat outlook for the struggling UK housebuilders has cast a pall over the whole sector and reinforced worries about the damage of a prolonged and chaos Brexit process on the construction and housing industry.

Taylor Wimpey shares are down 6.6 percent, dragging Persimmon, Bellway and Barratt with it. The European construction index is down 0.9 percent.

Among the bright spots, Wirecard, which has been hit by allegations of fraud and false accounting, is extending yesterday's stellar gains after confirming its profit targets. Shares are up almost 4 percent and top of the DAX 30.

Bayer shares are close behind, after reporting a Q1 beat mainly driven by its Monsanto division.

Carrefour is rising 2.3 percent and the biggest gainer on the French blue chip index as an improving performance in the core French market helped Europe's largest retailer beat Q1 profit expectations.

Following Credit Suisse's stellar show yesterday, Switzerland's biggest bank UBS comfortably beat estimates as pickup in market conditions dampened a hit to trading revenues and client activity, sending its shares up 0.7 percent.

ASM International is up 5.5 percent after its results, which defy expectations of a slowdown in chip demand.

Here's your early snapshot:

(Thyagaraju Adinarayan)



European stock futures indicate a slightly higher open with a mixed bag of earnings reports from banks, autos, supermarkets and semiconductor sectors and some new developments expected on the M&A front.

After Credit Suisse's stellar show, profits at larger rival UBS breezed past estimates as a pickup in market conditions dampened a hit to trading revenues and client activity, while Swedbank also reported better-than-expected Q1 profits, but admitted to past anti money-laundering shortcomings and said it was cooperating with authorities, including those of the United States.

Britain's Barclays posted a drop in Q1 pretax profit that was in line with analysts' expectations.

Plenty to digest in the autos sector - Geely-owned Volvo's quarterly profit fell by a fifth as the company blamed pricing pressure and higher tariffs arising from the trade war between U.S. and China, while French carmaker Peugeot also warned of a continued decline in sales in China.

Michelin reported higher Q1 sales, helped by its recent acquisitions of the Camso and Fenner businesses, and stuck to its 2019 financial guidance, a positive sign that the tyre sector is showing resilience to global trade tensions.

Carrefour has delivered in-line Q1 sales, rising 2.7 percent on a like-for-like basis, up from 1.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018, driven by robust sales in Brazil and an improving performance in the core French market. Deutsche Bank analysts said they expect shares in Europe's largest retailer to rise, but cautioned it's too early to call an inflexion.

In a blow to Sainsbury's ambition to overtake market leader Tesco, Britain's competition regulator has blocked its proposed 7.3 billion pound takeover of Walmart-owned Asda and the companies say they have agreed to terminate the transaction.

Most analysts and competition lawyers saw little chance of the deal proceeding, but a collapse may force Sainsbury's to undergo a major shake-up that could see new chairman Martin Scicluna part company with Chief Executive Mike Coupe, the architect of the deal and the group's boss since 2014. Sainsbury's share price is down 19 percent over the last three months.

Appearing to defy the slowdown in smartphone demand that has hurt Texas Instruments and other chipmakers, Dialog Semi expects higher Q1 profits and semiconductor supplier ASM comfortably trumped Q1 revenue estimates.

But Finnish telecom network equipment maker Nokia's surprise loss is expected to push shares down as much as 10 percent and may cast a shadow on rival Ericsson.

The deal-or-no-deal over Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank continues. The WSJ has reported that talks between the German banking giants have hit stumbling blocks over questions ranging from a lack of investor support to opposition from powerful labour unions.

Some headlines from overnight & this morning:

Chipmaker ASM beats first-quarter targets, sees market outperformance in 2019

Pricing pressure, tariffs dent Volvo's quarterly profit

Bayer's profit gets boost from Monsanto but legal burden mounts

Carrefour's Q1 sales growth accelerates with France, Brazil

Michelin confirms its 2019 guidance as Q1 sales rise

UK regulator blocks Sainsbury's $9.4 bln Asda takeover

Dialog Semi says it expects higher than anticipated profitability in Q1

UBS posts consensus-beating $1.14 bln Q1 net profit

Nokia reports surprise Q1 loss, sees pressure in second half

(Thyagaraju Adinarayan and Josephine Mason)



European shares are expected to edge ever-so slightly higher, as investors brace for an earnings-heavy day, brushing off for now weakness overnight on Wall Street and in Asia.

Financial spreadbetters IG expect London's FTSE to open 6 points higher at 7,477, Frankfurt's DAX to open 4 points higher at 12,317 and Paris' CAC to open 1 point higher at 5,577.

Wall Street pulled back from records last evening pressured by energy stocks, although U.S. stock futures are in green this morning as strong tech earnings post-close helps boosts investor sentiment. Microsoft briefly topped $1 trillion in market capitalisation as cloud computing shone, while Facebook results blew past estimates.

Still, weak macro data looms large - the deterioration in German and South Korean economic data will remain a key area of concern and could halt German blue-chips' best run since February 2015 today.

(Thyagaraju Adinarayan)


(Reporting by Danilo Masoni, Helen Reid, Josephine Mason and Thyagaraju Adinarayan)