European equities dip as healthcare stocks weaken

martes 2 de septiembre de 2014 10:16 GYT

* FTSEurofirst 300 edges lower

* Bid target AstraZeneca falls; CEO says "back to normal"

* Rival healthcare stocks also fall

* Traders await ECB decision on Thursday

By Sudip Kar-Gupta

LONDON, Sept 2 (Reuters) - European shares slipped on Tuesday as major healthcare stocks fell after drugmaker AstraZeneca tried to play down speculation about a new bid from Pfizer.

The region's stock markets were also waiting to see if the European Central Bank made any changes in policy this week. Few expect any major steps, but most expect policy to loosen eventually, as persistent disinflation and conflict in Ukraine curb the euro zone's growth.

However, some traders said they believed that markets had already made their move higher on anticipation of new ECB measures, and therefore had little room to gain any more ground.

"We wouldn't chase stocks at these levels," said HED Capital head Richard Edwards.   Continuación...