Europe delivered a mixed picture by the close on Wednesday, as investors sifted through the latest corporate news, while keeping an eye on what was going on in the oil and central bank spheres.
The pan-European Stoxx 600 eked out minor gains at the close, up 0.09 percent, while sectors finished mostly higher.
Travel & leisure stocks outpaced other sectors Wednesday, ending up 0.84 percent, with TUI AG, easyJet and Ryanair all posting gains of more than 2 percent. According to Reuters, the CEO of Ryanair said the company would reveal a "strong set of results" when it releases its earnings next week; while Liberum raised its price target on easyJet.
In individual stock news, Dixons Carphone rose 4.7 percent in trade, after its earnings - which delivered "another year of growth" - beat analyst expectations especially when it came to its fourth quarter results.
Marks and Spencer ended 1.47 percent up, despite reporting a 10 percent decline in annual profits Wednesday.
Congressional Democrats investigating alleged ties between President Donald Trump's political campaign and Russia are seeking information from Deutsche Bank. Shares in the German-listed stock fell sharply on the news, yet closed off its lows, down 1 percent.
Meanwhile, home improvements retailer Kingfisher lagged behind, sinking 7 percent after it reported a slip in sales in its first-quarter results. Mediclinic also fell 6.44 percent, after reporting a 19 percent decline in underlying earnings for the year.