European shares steady ahead of Fed decision on rates
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* FTSEurofirst and Euro STOXX 50 both steady
* Fed rate decision due at 1800 GMT
* M&A resurfaces with Altice and Phoenix
* Spanish banks lifted by broker upgrades
By Danilo Masoni
MILAN, Sept 17 (Reuters) - European shares closed little changed on Thursday with many investors refraining from taking up big positions as they awaited a U.S. Federal Reserve decision on whether to lift interest rates for the first time since 2006.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index ended down 0.20 percent and the euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index edged up 0.12 percent. Continuación...