European shares inch higher, caution before Fed, Scotland vote

viernes 12 de septiembre de 2014 06:49 GYT
 

* FTSEurofirst 300 rises 0.1 percent

* Latest Scotland poll shows "no" at 52 percent

* Aveva tumbles after warning about currency impact

By Atul Prakash and Blaise Robinson

LONDON, Sept 12 (Reuters) - European equities edged higher on Friday, although major share indexes remained in a tight range as investors refrained from making strong bets on stocks ahead of Scotland's referendum and the U.S. Federal Reserve's policy meeting next week.

At 1025 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 0.1 percent at 1,385.01 points after losing 0.1 percent on Thursday.

With just a week to go before Scots vote in a referendum on independence, a YouGov poll for The Times and Sun newspapers showed on Friday Scottish support for the union at 52 percent versus support for independence at 48 percent, excluding those who said they did not know how they would vote.

"There's a lot of hesitation at this point. People are reluctant to take any new positions ahead of the Scotland referendum, but also ahead of the Fed's meeting next week which could turn out to be a real game changer," Saxo Bank sales trader Andrea Tueni said.

A recent survey for the Sunday Times newspaper had put the "yes" to independence campaign at 51 percent against the "no" camp at 49 percent, rattling investors and sparking worries over similar independence movements across Europe.   Continuación...