European shares end lower, but weekly gain biggest in 2 months

viernes 11 de septiembre de 2015 12:30 GYT

* Pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 ends 1 pct lower

* Actelion drops after discussions with ZS Pharma

* E.ON falls after dropping plans for nuclear spin-off

By Atul Prakash

LONDON, Sept 11 (Reuters) - European shares fell for a second straight day on Friday, led lower by Swiss drugmaker Actelion, but the FTSEurofirst 300 index still recorded its biggest weekly rise since July.

Actelion shares slid 5.4 percent, the biggest decline in the index. HSBC analysts said a bid by Actelion for ZS Pharma might destroy value for its shareholders, after Bloomberg reported that Actelion had made an offer worth $2.5 billion. The companies confirmed they had held talks but not whether they were related to a acquisition.

The FTSEurofirst 300 ended 1 percent lower at 1,401.07 points, but rose 0.7 percent on the week.

Equities had been under pressure from concern that China's growth is faltering. They have stabilised since Chinese regulators intervened in the stock market, with some investors also betting the recent uncertainty would dissuade the U.S. Federal Reserve from raising rates next week.

"If the Fed doesn't raise rates this month, we might see a bounce. But investors will start thinking that a hike is coming in October. This overhang is not good for the markets," Manish Singh, head of investment services at Crossbridge Capital, said.   Continuación...