European markets open lower as investors focus on corporate nos
The Pan-European Stoxx 600 was 0.22 percent lower with most sectors trading in the red.
Deutsche Bank reported a full year net loss of $1.46 billion, an improvement from a net loss of $7.3 billion in 2015.
Shell announced a 8 percent drop in 2016 earnings to $3.5 billion and Vodafone posted a 3.9 percent drop in its third-quarter revenues.
Swedbank reported a slightly higher-than-projected increase in its fourth-quarter earnings due to a pickup in lending volumes.
The Finish firm Nokia presented sales above expectations in its fourth quarter with earnings before profit, taxation and amortization of 108.5 million euros.
Brexit paper due
Overnight, the Federal Reserve kept its benchmark overnight lending rate target at 0.5 percent to 0.75 percent, and its statement noted that there were improvements to sentiment.