European equities finished the last trading day of the month sharply lower, as a raft of disappointing earnings dragged stocks deep into the red.
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Swiss Re beat analyst expectations Thursday, but estimated that its loss from the Tianjin explosion could total $250 million before tax.
European stocks closed higher on Thursday after an onslaught of earnings, but Spanish stocks underperformed to close lower.
Swiss Re, the world's second-largest reinsurer, posted a 17 percent rise in net profit and said reinsurance rates remained attractive.
German reinsurer Munich Re raised its dividend for 2014, returning surplus cash to shareholders that it did not need to pay out for big disasters.
European equities were mostly higher on Friday, but Swiss stocks weighed on wider benchmarks.
If a tornado like the one that ravaged Moore in 2013 struck the Chicago area, potential damage could exceed $20 billion, reinsurer Swiss Re said.
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