* STOXX Europe 600 index ends down 0.1 pct
* Banks, miners lead sectoral gainers
* Barclays turns lower on pension concerns
* Dialog surges on results, but Technicolor disappoints
(Adds details, closing prices)
By Atul Prakash and Danilo Masoni
LONDON/MILAN, Feb 23 European shares fell
slightly on Thursday, weighed down by a pull-back in banking and
mining stocks in a day where trading activity was dominated by a
raft of company earnings.
Shares in British bank Barclays reversed course
during the day to end down 2.6 percent, as a surprise boost to
its capital reserves failed to convince.
Some analysts flagged concerns over the sustainability of
the bank's capital level in relation to the accounting treatment
of its British pension scheme.
Losses in Barclays and in HSBC, which continued
its slide after a disappointing update earlier this week,
resulted in a 1 percent fall for Europe's banking index.
The Basic Resources index was another weak spot,
down 1.5 percent, tracking weaker metal prices and weighed down
by a drop in heavyweight Rio Tinto which went ex
dividend. Copper prices tumbled as worries about demand in China
resurfaced after the country's housing minister suggested moves
were afoot to stabilise the property market.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index ended down 0.1
percent after hitting a 14-month high in the previous session.
Germany's DAX fell 0.4 percent. There was little
impact earlier in the session from data which confirmed the
country's economy quadrupled its growth rate to 0.4 percent in
the fourth quarter.
Dialog Semiconductor surged 6.9 percent, the
biggest gainer on the STOXX. The maker of chips that go in
Apple's and Samsung's smartphones said it
expected "good revenue growth" in 2017.
British shopping centre landlord Intu Properties
was up 6.8 percent after hiking its dividend for the first time
in five years, while insurer RSA was up 4.8 percent
after posting a 25 percent rise in 2016 operating profit and
raising its return on equity target. .
Technicolor however fell 7 percent, the biggest
decliner on the STOXX, after the French media and entertainment
company reported a net loss.
French water and waste group Veolia dropped 5.8
percent after pushing back its forecast for core earnings by a
Around 55 percent companies in the STOXX 600 have reported
fourth quarter results so far, of which 56 percent have met and
3 percent have beaten analyst forecasts.
(Editing by Alison Williams)