Greek shares fall, Europe slips as no deal seen in debt talks

lunes 16 de febrero de 2015 11:50 GYT

* FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.2 pct, just below 7-year high

* Low hopes for deal in Greece debt talks

* Shares in Bouygues up after says signs of buyer interest

By Francesco Canepa and Blaise Robinson

LONDON/PARIS, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Greek shares fell and pan-European indexes slipped on Monday as investors tempered their expectations that euro zone finance ministers meeting in Brussels would find common ground with Greece's new government.

The currency bloc's finance ministers began a meeting in Brussels to discuss what the Greek government, elected last month on promises of ending austerity and onerous credit terms, is prepared to do to continue to get more loans from the euro zone.

But with a deadline looming in the form of the expiry of the current funding package on Feb. 28, there was little optimism among those who took part in preparatory talks since Friday.

At 1533 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was down 0.2 percent at 1,500.36 points, just below a seven-year high hit during the session on Friday.

Greek shares were down 3.8 percent after rallying 11 percent last week as optimism about a deal grew. Greek banks were down 11.5 percent.   Continuación...