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European Stock Indices Mixed; Siemens, Telekom Rise on Earnings

European stocks were mixed on Wednesday after a lackluster day in Asia dominated by worries about the global growth outlook.

In London, the FTSE 100 fell 0.20% to 6,173.32, with miners once again among the main decliners as commodity prices including gold, silver, platinum and copper fell.

BHP (BHP) was down more than 5% in London after Brazilian prosecutors filed to sue the mining company and Vale for $44 billion over the breaching of a damn at a jointly owned iron ore project.

In Frankfurt, the Dax edged up 0.19% to 6,173.32 and in Paris the Cac 40 rose 0.18% to 4,379.70.

A mixed bag of final purchasing managers' indices compiled by Markit for the month of April put the services sector index for the Eurozone at 53.1, holding above the 50 threshold that separates expansion from contraction but falling below than the 53.2 reading the research group had originally published. Markit said the region "remains in low gear at the start of the second quarter."

Siemens (SIEGY) was up close to 2% in Frankfurt after the industrial conglomerate posted second-quarter figures ahead of expectations, including net...