EADS also beat forecasts in the first half of the year and said it would keep the full-year targets.
Anglo American reported profit of $3.99 billion in the first half and increased its interim dividend while BSkyB also hiked its dividend by 20 percent.
Deutsche Boerse missed forecasts as lower volatility for stocks hit trading volumes.
Investors will watch shares in Vodafone at the open in London following news that its US partner, Verizon Wireless, will finally pay a dividend payment.
Following years of fighting over the release of funds to Vodafone, which owns 45 percent of the mobile operator, Verizon Wireless management have agreed to pay a $10 billion dividend, of which Vodafone will receive $4.5 billion.
It is thought Vodafone had wanted $5.5 billion.
The Financial Times reports shareholders in BP want to see Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg fired due to what they perceive as a lack of strategic direction at the oil giant following the Gulf of Mexico disaster in 2010.
- Antonia Oprita, CNBC.com, contributed to this report
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