European stocks were off to a firmer start on Wednesday, despite fresh losses for oil prices. The Stoxx Europe 600 index /zigman2/quotes/210599654/delayed XX:SXXP -1.01% rose 0.7% to 326.66. The German DAX /zigman2/quotes/210597999/delayed DX:DAX -1.44% and FTSE 100 indexes /zigman2/quotes/210598409/delayed UK:UKX -0.97% rose around 0.8% each and the French CAC 40 index /zigman2/quotes/210597958/delayed FR:PX1 -1.22% gained 0.2%. U.S. stock futures were also rising, with Dow industrials futures /zigman2/quotes/210407078/delayed YM00 -0.93% up 180 points. Investors looked past slumping oil prices, with Brent crude dropping 16% to $16.74 a barrel, levels not seen since 1999. Roche /zigman2/quotes/206324342/delayed CH:ROG +1.47% shares slipped despite the drugmaker reporting higher sales and backing its 2020 view. Shares of Akzo Nobel /zigman2/quotes/209835399/delayed NL:AKZA -0.04% , Randstad /zigman2/quotes/202421454/delayed NL:RAND -1.89% and CRH /zigman2/quotes/200809743/delayed IE:CRG -0.16% were all higher after those companies reported results.