European stocks steady before ECB, insurers up

jueves 10 de marzo de 2016 07:22 GYT

* Aviva, Hannover Re among top gainers after results

* Lagardere slumps after results

* Miners top sectoral faller

* Expectations of more easing from ECB later (Adds details, updates share prices)

By Sudip Kar-Gupta

LONDON, March 10 (Reuters) - European shares were little changed on Thursday, with weaker mining stocks offsetting gains in insurers such as Aviva and Hannover Re, while expectations of more stimulus measures from the European Central Bank also supported equities.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index and the euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index < .STOXX50E> both edged down around 0.1 percent by 1100 GMT.

The ECB is set to unveil its second stimulus cocktail in three months on Thursday, spurred by fears that low energy costs are feeding into wages and prices, potentially perpetuating ultra-low inflation.

The euro zone's central bank is widely expected to cut its deposit rate deeper into negative territory and adjust its 1.5 trillion euro asset-buying scheme, hoping to boost prices after inflation dipped back into negative territory last month.   Continuación...