European stocks struggled for traction on Tuesday with sectors strongly diverging as a rotation from tech stocks into financials, supported by the U.S. tax bill, gained momentum.
Eurozone blue chips were firm, while the broader euro zone index ticked up 0.1% as rising banking and consumer stocks offset weak tech and mining sectors.
Stoxx Europe 600 was 0.2% lower at 386.77 in early trading.
U.K.'s FTSE 100 edged up 0.2% to 7,356.67.
France's CAC 40 was up 0.1% at 5,382.44.