European shares end down after Syngenta slumps

miércoles 26 de agosto de 2015 12:40 GYT

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By Sudip Kar-Gupta and Alistair Smout

LONDON, Aug 26 (Reuters) - European shares ended nearly two percent lower on Wednesday after a volatile session, hit by a late drop in Syngenta after Monsanto dropped its offer for the company.

Stocks remain highly sensitive to fears over Chinese growth which have wreaked havoc in markets for days, but benchmark indexes closed above session lows on an early Wall Street rally and hopes of monetary stimulus from the European Central Bank.

Syngenta fell 18.2 percent after U.S. agribusiness leader Monsanto gave up trying to buy it.   Continuación...