European shares steady ahead of euro zone meeting on Greece

miércoles 11 de febrero de 2015 05:30 GYT

* FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.03 pct, trading in tight range

* Greek banking shares surrender some of Tuesday's gains

By Blaise Robinson

PARIS, Feb 11 (Reuters) - European shares were steady on Wednesday ahead of euro zone ministers meetings to discuss Greece's debt crisis and Athens' benchmark stock index fell nearly 4 percent.

National Bank of Greece dropped 10 percent, Bank of Piraeus 6.2 percent and Alpha Bank 6.3 percent, while the leading ATG index fell 3.8 percent.

By 0915 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares, whose only three Greek stocks are those banks, rose 0.03 percent to 1,488.84 points.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has comfortably won a confidence vote on cancelling a bailout programme and euro zone finance ministers meet to discuss how to proceed with financial support for the country at 1630 GMT in Brussels.

EU leaders meet to discuss the issue on Thursday.

On the earnings front, shares in ING Group rose 2.5 percent after the Dutch bank said it will resume paying a dividend in 2015, the first time in seven years.   Continuación...