* Pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 ends up 0.6 pct
* Greek debt crisis hits ATG share index
* Volatility index hits highest since January
By Atul Prakash
LONDON, June 16 (Reuters) - European shares recovered in late trading and ended higher on Tuesday after hitting a four-month low, with analysts saying the Greece-led sell-off and a weaker euro had created some buying opportunities for investors.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index closed 0.6 percent higher at 1,528.83 points, having earlier hit its lowest level since mid-February. The European volatility index rose 3.2 percent to its highest since January.
A stabilisation in European bond markets also helped stocks, analysts said, adding the weaker euro, which was down 0.5 percent against the U.S. dollar, was positive for European exporting companies.
“A weaker euro is a big plus for company profits and that is providing some support to European companies,” said KBC senior economist Koen De Leus, adding that Tuesday’s recovery is not sustainable.
“I see another correction of at least 5 percent in the coming weeks as it seems that Greece and its creditors are still far away from an agreement. The Greek situation will continue to keep the market volatile.”
Greek shares fell 4.8 percent and the country’s banking index dropped 8.9 percent as Greece and its creditors hardened their stances after a breakdown in talks aimed at preventing a default and possible euro exit.
The leader of Germany’s centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), Thomas Oppermann, said he saw no willingness from the Greek government to reach an agreement with creditors and that he doubted there would be a deal on Thursday.
Laith Khalaf, senior analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “The can of Greek debt has been kicked down the road so many times there comes a point when it has to be confronted, and it looks like that time may well be in the next week or so. A Greek exit from the euro zone is looking ever more likely.”
Among other sharp movers, International Consolidated Airlines Group fell 1.3 percent after a slump at rival Air France KLM weighed on European airline stocks. Air France shares fell 3.4 percent after the company said it was dropping some routes to cut costs. (Additional reporting by Liisa Tuhkanen and Alistair Smout; Editing by David Goodman and Dominic Evans)