European stock markets were mixed on Thursday, with declining commodities prices weighing on the resources-heavy FTSE 100.
The London benchmark was recently down 0.66% at 6,820.80, with miners Antofagasta and Anglo American dragging down the index. House builders, including Berkeley Group, also fell after a gloomy update on house prices from the RICS. Berkeley was recently down 6.5.%.
In Frankfurt the Dax was up 0.05% at 6,820.80.
And in Paris the Cac 40 was down 0.04% at 4,450.31.
West Texas intermediate was recently down 0.93% at $41.31. Gold and silver prices also fell. The International Energy Association predicted that global oil demand growth will slow from 1.4 million barrels a day in 2016 to 1.2 mb/d in 2017, led by China, as "underlying support from low oil prices wanes."
S&P 500 mini futures were up 0.06%.
Dow Jones mini futures rose 0.12%.
European bond yields stabilized, with the 10-year U.K. government bond yield up 1 basis point at 0.54% after gilt yields hit record lows yesterday.
Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) was up more than 3% in Zurich after first-half profit fell less than expected, thanks to a strong showing at its Farmers Management Services unit and its global life division. CEO Marco Greco said the company will look at ways it can exceed a $1 billion cost savings goal.
German utility RWE (RWEOY) was down almost 4% after reporting unexpected second-quarter losses in its trading division, which it said will push that unit's 2016 earnings down significantly. It maintained its group profit forecast for 2016, however, and Jefferies analysts said its underlying first-half profit was strong, despite missing consensus profit expectations.
Also in Frankfurt steelmaker ThyssenKrupp (TYEKF) fell 2.3% as its reported a 34% decline in third-quarter net profit, and fertilizers maker K + S fell 5% in Frankfurt as it warned on 2016 earnings.
But Dial, Schwarzkopf and Persil maker Henkel rose close to 4% after it lifted its full-year profit margin guidance after exceeding first-half profit expectations.
In London furniture maker DFS was up more than 11% as it said its full-year performance would be at the upper end of market expectations and that it's yet to see a consumer slowdown after the Brexit vote.
Enterprise Inns (ETINY) CEO Simon Townsend also said today the pubs operator had seen "no discernible impact on consumer spending and no consequential impact on our trading performance." Its shares were up marginally.
Package tour operator Tui (TUIFY) rose more than 4% in London and was up over 3% in Frankfurt as it confirmed full-year expectations of at least 10% Ebitda growth and reported strong summer bookings, with lower demand for holidays in Turkey offset by an increase in bookings for holidays at "profitable destinations."
Insurer Old Mutual was down more than 4% after first-half results revealed damage from the weak rand and the company, which is in the process of splitting into four, warned of challenging markets ahead.
Agreed bid target Poundland (PDLDF) was down 1.2% at 221.25 pence after South Africa's Steinhoff International lifted its offer to 225 pence per share from 220 pence. Poundland shareholders are also in line for a previously announced 2 pence final dividend. The increase comes after activist investor Elliott Advisors began building its stake in Poundland.
In the U.K. the RICS reported a slowing of house price inflation and a drop in demand for July. But the organization said a continued shortage of housing stock in the U.K. will underpin the market.
Final July inflation figures for France confirmed an annual inflation rate of 0.2% and a month-on-month decline in consumer prices of 0.4%.