European shares sag as major financial stocks flop
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* Aegon slumps after Q1 results miss forecasts
* Ct Agricole also falls after posting lower profits
* Mainland Europe ETF outflows worst since 2008 - UBS
By Sudip Kar-Gupta
LONDON, May 12 (Reuters) - European stocks fell on Thursday as a drop in the shares of major financial companies such as Aegon and Credit Agricole weighed on the region's markets.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index declined by 0.7 percent, while the euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index fell 0.6 percent.
Aegon was one of the worst-performing stocks in the region. It slumped 7.8 percent after the Dutch insurer reported worse-than-expected first-quarter underlying pretax profit of 462 million euros ($527.19 million).
Credit Agricole also fell 3.6 percent after the French bank reported a 71 percent fall in first-quarter net income, although RWE shares rose after the German utility's results beat forecasts. Continuación...