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Statoil helps European shares steady after results beat

LONDON, Feb 7 (Reuters) - European shares were little changed on Thursday, stabilising after sharp losses in the previous session, as strong updates from heavyweights including Statoil helped offset rising political concerns in the euro zone. The Nordic oil group was among top risers in the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index, which was up 0.1 percent at 0810 GMT, after reporting better-than-expected fourth-quarter results.

Europe stock 'fear gauge' jumps to 2-1/2-month high

PARIS, Feb 6 (Reuters) - The Euro STOXX 50 Volatility Index , or VSTOXX, Europe's widely-used measure of investor risk aversion, hit a 2-1/2 month high on Wednesday afternoon as European stocks resumed their sell-off. The VSTOXX, based on put and call options on Euro STOXX 50 shares, is used to measure the cost of protecting stock portfolios against corrections as it usually moves in the opposite direction to cash equities.

European shares mixed as recovery loses steam

* FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.2 pct, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.7 pct * Investors cautious ahead of ECB, Spain debt auction * European shares still cheap relative to book value By Blaise Robinson PARIS, Feb 6 (Reuters) - European stocks were mixed at midday on Wednesday as the previous session's tentative recovery lost steam, with euro zone banks sliding on renewed concerns over the health of the region's economy. Intesa Sanpaolo dropped 2.7 percent, UniCredit was down 2.4 percent, Commerzbank down 1.4 percent and Credit Agricole down 1.7 percent.

European stock index futures signal lower open

LONDON, Feb 5 (Reuters) - European shares were expected to extend losses and set a new one-month low on Tuesday, with growing political uncertainty in Spain and Italy and softer U.S. data hurting sentiment. At 0705 GMT, futures for Euro STOXX 50, Germany's DAX and France's CAC were 0.1 to 0.2 percent lower.

AB Inbev and Shell drag down European equities

* FTSEurofirst 300 falls 0.6 pct, ESTOXX50 down 1.1 pct * ABI slumps 7.8 pct as Mexican deal hit by U.S. lawsuit * Ericsson up 7.6 pct as results show signs of turnaround * Most analysts see any near-term market as short-lived By Sudip Kar-Gupta LONDON, Jan 31 (Reuters) - European equities fell on Thursday, hit by drops in brewing group AB Inbev and oil major Shell, and some expected further weakness in the near term.

Miners propel European shares to fresh 2-year high

* FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.4 percent * Miners buoyed by U.S. data, China growth comments * Euro STOXX 50 volatility index at near 6-year closing low By Tricia Wright LONDON, Jan 29 (Reuters) - European equities scaled fresh two-year highs on Tuesday, boosted by miners, as optimism about economic recovery gained momentum after robust U.S. home price data and comments over growth in top metals consumer China.

European shares edge higher, consolidate near highs

* FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.1 pct, Euro STOXX 50 flat * William Hill helps travel and leisure sector * Major stock indexes near "overbought" territory By Atul Prakash LONDON, Jan 29 (Reuters) - European shares edged up to hover near two-year highs on Tuesday, with strong earnings reports and a brightening economic outlook lifting sentiment, although technical factors could limit gains in the near term.

European stock index futures turn flat

LONDON, Jan 29 (Reuters) - European stock index futures turned flat just ahead of the cash market open on Tuesday as investors consolidated a push to multi-month highs on several key indexes. At 0755 GMT, futures for the Euro STOXX 50 were flat. To read more about the factors affecting European stocks, please click

European shares grind to fresh multi-month peaks

LONDON, Jan 28 (Reuters) - European equities touched fresh multi-month peaks on Monday, with technical charts pointing to a continued slow grind higher backed by tentative signs of improvement in the global economy and corporate earnings. The Euro STOXX 50 provisionally closed 0.1 percent higher at 2,746.22 points, setting fresh 18-month peaks in the wake of stronger-than-expected U.S. durable goods orders showing firms in the world's biggest economy had stepped up spending.

European stock 'fear gauge' hits near six-year low

PARIS, Jan 25 (Reuters) - The Euro STOXX 50 Volatility Index , or VSTOXX, Europe's widely-used measure of investor risk aversion, hit a near six-year low on Friday in a strong signal of growing appetite for equities. The VSTOXX, based on put and call options on Euro STOXX 50 stocks, fell 3.5 percent to as low as 14.77, a level not seen since early 2007, before the start of the U.S. subprime crisis that triggered the world's biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression. (Reporting by Blaise Robinson; editing by Simon Jessop)
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