European shares end little changed; Taylor Wimpey, Vodafone rise
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* FTSEurofirst 300 ends flat after touching two-week highs
* Fiat Chrysler leads auto sector lower after downgrade
* Taylor Wimpey, Vodafone surge after update
* Greek banks rise after upbeat UBS note
By Atul Prakash and Danilo Masoni
LONDON/MILAN, May 17 (Reuters) - European shares steadied on Tuesday with gains in companies such as Taylor Wimpey and Vodafone following encouraging updates and a rally in mining companies offset by a weaker auto sector.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 ended little changed after earlier rising to its highest since early May. The index, which closed flat also in the previous session, is still down over 8 percent this year.
Taylor Wimpey advanced 4.7 percent after the housebuilder announced a new special payout, promising investors about 1.3 billion pounds over three years, underpinned by strong demand for property in Britain. Continuación...