European shares weighed down by disappointing earnings; Bayer falls
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* FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.55 percent after choppy session
* Bayer and BASF slip on reported interest for Monsanto
* Aegon and Generali slump as profits disappoint
* KBC and Zurich rise after well-received results
By Danilo Masoni
MILAN, May 12 (Reuters) - European stocks fell on Thursday after a choppy session, weighed down by some disappointing earnings updates, while Bayer and BASF dropped on reports they could be interested in buying Monsanto.
The FTSEurofirst 300 index dropped 0.55 percent, having risen by as much as 0.9 percent earlier in the session on the back of gains in crude oil prices, which later turned lower.
Oil prices fell back after touching six-month highs, as selling prevailed on signs of another storage build at the hub for U.S. crude futures. Continuación...