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European shares led lower by mining sector

LONDON, March 6 (Reuters) - European shares fell on Wednesday as investors booked profits on a rally that had sent several markets to multi-year highs, led by weakness in the mining sector after metals prices fell. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index provisionally closed down 0.3 percent at 1,185.46 points, falling back after having earlier risen to a 4-1/2 year intraday high of 1,193.35 points. The STOXX Europe 600 Basic Resources Index led fallers, down 1.5 percent, weighed by price falls across the base metals complex.

REFILE-M&A talk helps extend European stock rally

* FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.2 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.5 pct * FTSEurofirst 300 hits 4-1/2 year high * Euro STOXX 50 still needs to double to hit record high * Vodafone surges on Verizon tie-up talk By Blaise Robinson PARIS, March 6 (Reuters) - European shares hit their highest since the 2008 collapse of U.S. bank Lehman Brothers on Wednesday, building on their biggest jump so far this year on hopes of a broader global economic recovery.

European shares rise to 4-1/2 year high

* FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.3 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.6 pct * FTSEurofirst 300 rises to level not seen since Sept 2008 * Vodafone surges on Verizon tie-up talk By Blaise Robinson PARIS, March 6 (Reuters) - European shares hit their highest since the 2008 collapse of U.S. bank Lehman Brothers on Wednesday, building on their biggest jump so far this year on hopes of a broader global economic recovery.

European shares get bank boost to hit fresh peaks

* FTSEurofirst 300 up 1.1 pct, at new 2-year high * STOXX Europe 600 rises to highest since mid-2008 * Standard Chartered drives gains on bank stocks * Equities boosted by gains in New York * Central bank support propping up stock markets By Sudip Kar-Gupta

STOXX Europe 600 hits highest level since mid-2008

PARIS, March 5 (Reuters) - The broad STOXX Europe 600 benchmark share index hit its highest level since mid-2008 on Tuesday, led by a sharp rally in European banking stocks. At 0840 GMT, the index was up 1.14 percent at 292.22. It has gained 40 percent since a floor hit in September 2011. The STOXX Europe 600 Banking Index was among the top gaining sectors, up 1.8 percent, buoyed by gains for Standard Chartered after it posted results.

European shares get bank boost to fresh 2-yr peak

LONDON, March 5 (Reuters) - Gains in financial stocks helped lift a key European equity index to a fresh two-year high on Tuesday as monetary policy support from central banks continued to underpin investor sentiment. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index rose 0.8 percent to 1,178.12 points while the euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index advanced 1.1 percent to 2,649.09 points.

European shares slip as banks and miners fall

LONDON, March 1 (Reuters) - European shares edged lower on Friday, impacted by weaker bank and mining stocks, and traders expected equities to stay trapped in a tight range this month with uncertainty over Italian elections denting sentiment. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index provisionally closed down 0.2 percent at 1,169.21 points while the euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index fell 0.6 percent to 2,617.45 points.

EADS rises as stimulus promises lift European shares

* Central bank support offsets Italian worries * FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.5 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.4 pct * EADS and Essilor surge higher * Any stock market fall in March seen as short-lived By Sudip Kar-Gupta LONDON, Feb 28 (Reuters) - European shares rose on Thursday, with aerospace group EADS among the top gainers, as fresh signs of central bank support enabled equities to recoup earlier losses caused by Italy's political deadlock.

Media, utility stocks lift European equities

* Media and utility sectors outperform as markets rise * FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.5 pct, Euro STOXX up 0.6 pct * Central bank support lifts equity markets * Italy worries could cause March pullback By Sudip Kar-Gupta LONDON, Feb 28 (Reuters) - European shares rose on Thursday, with utility and media stocks among the top gainers, as fresh signs of central bank support enabled equities to recoup earlier losses caused by Italy's political deadlock.

Fed stimulus defence underpins European equities

* FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.1 percent * Bouygues top riser post results * Charles Stanley targets drop to 2,500 for Euro STOXX 50 By Tricia Wright LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) - European shares opened up on Wednesday, clawing back some of the previous session's sharp losses, helped by the U.S. Federal Reserve's defence of its asset-buying programme, though jitters over the euro zone might cap gains.
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