European shares up slightly as Ifo miss dampens Greek boost

lunes 23 de febrero de 2015 07:24 GYT
 

* FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.2 pct after setting 7-yr high

* Market sentiment improves after Greece deal

* Dax off record high after Ifo miss

* Britain's FTSE lags after HSBC profit falls

By Francesco Canepa and Atul Prakash

LONDON, Feb 23 (Reuters) - European equities edged off multi-year highs on Monday as a slightly disappointing German business morale survey dampened the sentiment boost from late Friday's deal to extend Greece's financial rescue package.

Britain's FTSE 100 index was the only major index to trade lower after index heavyweight HSBC reported a 17 percent drop in annual profit, sending its shares 5.5 percent lower.

Athens sealed a deal with euro zone partners to avoid a banking collapse by accepting a conditional extension of its bailout programme and agreeing to present a reform plan, sending European shares sharply higher early on.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was up 0.2 percent at 1,528.87 points after touching its highest level since early 2008 at 1,535.07 at 1107 GMT.   Continuación...