Siemens reported a solid set of first quarter earnings, with the German firm raising its guidance despite a challenging environment. Siemens stock was one of the best performers of the day, with shares finishing up 8.6 percent.
Meanwhile, Dutch LED lights and medical scanner maker, Philips, reported a 39 million euro ($42 million) net loss in the fourth quarter and said it expected "modest" sales growth this year. Nonetheless, shares closed up over 6 percent.
British budget airline, Easyjet, said that first quarter revenue per seat – a key industry metric – was down 3.7 percent on a constant currency basis due to the Paris attacks and cancelled flights to Egypt. This saw shares close more than 3 percent down.
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