European shares steady helped by earning updates, bank gains
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* FTSEurofirst 300 index little changed
* Cheaper oil pulls down market
* Accor, ARM gain after results, but ASML falls
* Volkswagen leads FTSEurofirst gainers
By Danilo Masoni and Atul Prakash
MILAN/LONDON, April 20 (Reuters) - European shares steadied around three-month highs on Wednesday as a fall in crude oil prices was offset by some solid earning updates and gains among banking stocks.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was up 0.07 percent by 1404 GMT after rising 1.5 percent the day before, when it reached its highest since early January.
Crude oil prices fell on Wednesday after Kuwaiti oil workers ended a three-day strike that had cut the nation's crude output by around half. Sharp losses on Chinese markets also led to some profit-taking after the recent gains. Continuación...