European Shares Lackluster Before Trump Speech

European stocks were fluctuating on Tuesday as lower industrial metals prices weighed on commodity shares and investors waited to hear from U.S. President Donald Trump about his plans for pro-business policies including tax reform, health care and infrastructure spending.

The pan-European Stoxx Europe 600 index was marginally higher at 369.69 in late opening deals after closing 0.1 percent lower at a two-week low the previous day.

France’s CAC 40 index was also moving up slightly, while the German DAX and the U.K.’s FTSE 100 were marginally lower in choppy trade.

British engineering group GKN soared 6 percent after it beat forecasts with a 12 percent jump in full-year pre-tax profit.

Meggitt shares soared as much as 11 percent. The engineering firm specializing in aerospace equipment lifted its full-year dividend after reporting a rise in full-year adjusted profits.

Thales shares rallied 2 percent. The French technology firm raised its dividend after reporting a rise in 2016…

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