European equities rise as firmer insurers offset weaker miners
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* FTSEurofirst 300 closes up 0.5 pct
* Insurers gain on positive broker comments
* Mining stocks fall as metals prices lose ground
* Portuguese banks BPI and Millennium BCP also fall
By Atul Prakash
LONDON, March 29 (Reuters) - European stock markets rose on Tuesday, as stronger insurance shares offset weaker commodity-linked stocks, which fell in tandem with lower metals and oil prices.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index closed up 0.5 percent while the euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index advanced 0.6 percent.
The STOXX Europe 600 Insurance index climbed 0.8 percent, making it one of the best-performing sectors. Continuación...