|FTSE MIB Index||20,154.37||0.15%||30.18|
|Euro Stoxx 50||3,440.42||0.10%||3.28|
London stocks gave up their earlier gains to remain flat by midday on Tuesday as investors sifted through corporate news and shifted their attention to Brexit a day before Prime Minister Theresa May triggers Article 50 to kick off formal divorce proceedings with the European Union.
European stocks crawled slightly higher by noon on Tuesday, recovering from lows in the previous session amid little major local data as concerns subsided about US president Donald Trump ability to push through his fiscal policies.
Moss Bros reported a rise in full-year profit as revenue grew and the menswear retailer lifted its dividend despite "tough" market conditions.
Insurer Aviva is reportedly looking to sell Friends Provident International in a deal that could fetch up to $750m.
Tesco was in focus on Tuesday as it agreed to pay a £129m fine to the Serious Fraud Office and following a report that two of its largest shareholders were advising against its deal with Booker.
Europe' main indices traded lower on Monday as doubts over US president Donald Trump’s agenda crept in, sending the euro higher, despite an upbeat reading on German business confidence and positive news on the political front in the Eurozone's largest nation.
Babcock's boss and chairman both picked up shares in the company they lead at the start of the week.
London's FTSE 100 was down 1% to 7,260. 60 in afternoon trade, while the pound rallied against the dollar amid doubts about Donald Trump's ability to deliver on his fiscal stimulus pledges.