European shares dragged to two-month low by euro, UK election

jueves 7 de mayo de 2015 04:29 GYT
 

* FTSEurofirst 300 index falls 1 percent

* Stronger euro huts market sentiment

* Metro, Morrisons slip; Beiersdorf gains

By Atul Prakash

LONDON, May 7 (Reuters) - European shares fell to their lowest level in more than two months on Thursday, mirroring losses on Wall Street and Asia, with a stronger euro following a global bond rout and concerns about the outcome of the British election hitting sentiment.

Britain's FTSE 100 index fell 0.8 percent on the day of an election that could yield a weak government, propel it towards a vote on EU membership and foster Scottish secession.

Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives and Ed Miliband's opposition Labour Party have been neck and neck in opinion polls for months, indicating neither will win enough seats for an outright majority in the 650-seat parliament.

By 0757 GMT, the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was down 1 percent at 1,532.61 points after falling to its lowest since late February. U.S. shares fell about 0.5 percent on Wednesday, while Japan's Nikkei dropped 1.2 percent on Thursday.

Analysts said the euro's resilience, a negative factor for export-oriented European firms, was weighing on sentiment. The euro hit a two-month high, still pulling away from March's 12-year trough.   Continuación...