Rally in miners helps European shares hit two-week high
* Pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index jumps 2.1 percent
* Mining companies top sectoral riser as metals rally
* Ryanair surges after raising full-year profit forecast
* GSK falls after drug disappoints in trials
By Atul Prakash and Alistair Smout
LONDON, Sept 9 (Reuters) - European shares climbed for a third straight session to a two-week high on Wednesday, with miners tracking a sharp rally in metals prices on expectations that world's top metals consumer, China, would take further steps to boost its economy.
The market was also helped by a 5.7 percent jump in Ryanair after the airline hiked its annual profit forecast by 25 percent on strong summer fare growth. The European travel and leisure index rose 2.1 percent.
The STOXX Europe 600 Basic Resources index surged more than 4 percent, boosted by a rally of between 4.6 percent and 6.5 percent in shares of Anglo American, Rio Tinto , BHP Billiton and Glencore.
"We have seen exaggerated moves in commodity prices during the recent sell-off and a bounce in metals prices have prompted investors to rush back to grab miners. People are now seeing value in beaten-down miners," Koen De Leus, senior economist at KBC in Brussels, said. Continuación...