European shares trim Monday's gains; UK stocks play catch up

martes 26 de agosto de 2014 04:12 GYT

* FTSEurofirst 300 flat, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.3 pct

* Market pauses following Monday's sharp gains

By Blaise Robinson

PARIS, Aug 26 (Reuters) - European shares slipped in early trade on Tuesday, giving up some of the previous session's sharp gains that were fuelled by prospects of further stimulus measures from the European Central Bank.

The UK market, shut on Monday for a holiday, gained ground, with the FTSE 100 index up 0.4 percent, led by WPP .

Shares in the global advertising group gained 2.1 percent after it posted first-half profit slightly ahead of forecasts, and confirmed its target.

Antofagasta dropped 2.2 percent after the copper miner posted a fall in first-half core profit, hurt by higher production costs and lower copper prices.

At 0800 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was flat at 1,366.94 points.

The euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index was down 0.3 percent, at 3,157.33 points, after surging 2.2 percent on Monday, boosted by comments from ECB President Mario Draghi.   Continuación...