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European markets close higher amid earnings; UBS down by almost 3%

  • UBS reported better-than-expected first-quarter earnings with net profit up 19 percent.
  • Philips also released its first-quarter earnings.
  • Capita shares rocketed to the top of the Stoxx 600, rising more than 11 percent.

European markets moved higher Monday as investors reacted to fresh corporate earnings and movements in the 10-year Treasury yield.

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The pan-European Stoxx 600 closed provisionally 0.37 percent higher with the majority of different sectors in buy mode.

The media sector was the worst performer in late morning trade, down by more than 1 percent. That basket was not helped by news that Ford was trimming its business with advertising conglomerate WPP.

Among household goods, Reckitt Benckiser dropped nearly 2 percent after J.P. Morgan cut its target price, dragging toward the bottom of the FTSE 100.

The main market driver Monday was earnings. The manufacturing firm Rotork closed up by more than 10 percent after strong first-quarter results.

Swiss bank UBS reported better-than-expected first-quarter earnings with net profit up 19 percent. The shares were, however, down by 2.5 percent by Monday's close.

Philips also released its first-quarter earnings, with sales coming in at 3.9 billion euros ($4.79 billion). The stock rose more than 5 percent across the session.

Capita shares rocketed to the top of the Stoxx 600 rising more than 13 percent on Monday. After heavy losses, the firm announced a £700 million pound cash call. Investors are encouraged after banks promised to scoop up any unsold new share capital.

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In the United States, stocks were little changed on Monday. The Dow Jones industrial average had Merck as the best-performing stock in the index.

The 10-year Treasury note yield hit a high of 2.99 percent, threatening once again to reach 3 percent. The benchmark rate last traded at 3 percent or higher in January 2014.

In commodities, crude futures dipped during Monday's session as markets remain supported by strong demand.