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Europe ends higher on earnings; Greek stocks sink

European markets closed higher Tuesday as investors reacted to a slew of corporate earnings reports and more news about Greece.

The pan-European Euro Stoxx 600 Index finished around 0.6 percent higher, with technology stocks leading the way, clocking gains of over 2 percent.

The European tech index was helped by shares of ARM Holdings, which provides chips for the likes of Apple. ARM shares rose over 6 percent after the U.K. company posted first-quarter earnings that showed increased revenues from royalty payments, before closing around 3.8 percent higher.


Greek stocks tank

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London's FTSE 100 finished provisionally 0.2 percent higher. The French CAC 40 index ended up 0.1 percent unofficially and Germany's DAX finished around 0.5 percent higher.

German stocks were largely unaffected by data showing that German investor sentiment fell in April for the first time since October. ZEW's closely watched economic sentiment index dipped to 53.3 in April from 54.8 in March, missing expectations.

In Greece, however, stocks closed more than 3 percent lower and government bond yields soared amid growing concerns the country might default on its hefty debt burden and/or leave the euro zone.

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Credit Suisse down, Publicis up 6%

Shares of Credit Suisse edged into positive territory but then fell to close around 2 percent lower. The Swiss lender reported a 23 percent rise in net profit Tuesday and managed to beat analysts' estimates with help from its investment banking operations. However, concerns of a capital increase dented its share price.

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Meanwhile, shares of French company Publicis climbed as much as 7 percent percent after it reported a 32 percent jump in first-quarter sales. it closed around 6.2 percent higher.

U.S. stocks traded in a narrow range on Tuesday, attempting to continue momentum from Monday as investors eyed a slew of earnings reports.