European shares sag as Greek stocks lose more ground

miércoles 17 de junio de 2015 10:17 GYT

* Greece concerns, U.S. rate hike prospects dampen sentiment

* Telecom Italia up on report Vivendi to increase stake

* Rise in oil price lifts energy stocks

* Europe bourses in 2015:

* Asset performance in 2015:

By Sudip Kar-Gupta

LONDON, June 17 (Reuters) - European stock markets edged lower on Wednesday as persistent concerns over Greece's debt problems offset gains in Telecom Italia and shares in energy companies.

Traders were also reluctant to add to equity positions before a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting later in the day, with many investors expecting the Fed to signal that U.S. interest rates will be raised in September.

Athens' benchmark ATG equity index fell 2.3 percent, underperforming a 0.2 percent decline on the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index. Germany's DAX fell 0.2 percent, while France's CAC shed 0.6 percent.   Continuación...