European shares end slightly lower, focus on Fed and Scottish vote

viernes 12 de septiembre de 2014 12:42 GYT

* FTSEurofirst 300 closes 0.1 percent lower

* Latest Scotland poll shows "no" at 51 percent

* Aveva tumbles after warning about currency impact

By Atul Prakash

LONDON, Sept 12 (Reuters) - European equities finished slightly lower on Friday, with investors refraining from making strong bets on stocks before Scotland's referendum and the U.S. Federal Reserve's policy meeting next week.

The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares ended 0.1 percent lower at 1,382.98 points. Germany's DAX , down 0.4 percent, underperformed the market after the United States and the European Union tightened sanctions on Russia over its intervention in Ukraine.

Germany imports a significant amount of gas from Russia and sold it about 36 billion euros ($47 billion) of goods last year, almost a third of the EU's total. Some 6,200 German firms are in Russia with 20 billion euros of investment.

Analysts said that investors were also wary before the Fed's policy meeting next week, anticipating fresh clues on the timing of the first U.S. rate hike in more than eight years.

Recent talk that the Fed might drop its commitment to keeping interest rates low has pushed U.S. Treasury yields and the dollar steadily higher.   Continuación...