European shares hold near three-week high, with focus on Greek vote

miércoles 15 de julio de 2015 08:03 GYT

* FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.3 pct

* Greece to vote on bailout deal

* Syngenta top riser after hedge fund takes a stake

* SKF falls 7 percent after results (Recasts, adds quotes, detail)

By Alistair Smout and Liisa Tuhkanen

LONDON, July 15 (Reuters) - European shares steadied at three-week highs on Wednesday, led by pesticide maker Syngenta , with investors focused on a crucial vote in Greece on a proposed bailout package to save the country from bankruptcy.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was up 0.3 percent at 1,584.64 points by 1115 GMT, touching its highest level since June 26.

Outperforming other national indexes, Italy's FTSE MIB rose 0.7 percent and Portugal's PSI 20 index gained 0.5 percent, as peripheral euro zone bond yields fell ahead of the Greek vote.

Having reluctantly agreed to stringent terms for a new bailout deal, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras must face down a rebellion in his anti-austerity Syriza party to push sweeping pro-market reforms and spending cuts through parliament.   Continuación...