European shares fall on Ukraine jitters; investors seek weekend protection

viernes 7 de marzo de 2014 12:08 GYT

* FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.9 pct; Euro STOXX 50 down 1.1 pct

* Stocks exposed to Russia under renewed pressure

* DAX puts rise; German index seen most vulnerable

* U.S. investors still pouring money into Europe -Lipper

By Alistair Smout

LONDON, March 7 (Reuters) - European shares fell on Friday, amid growing tension over Crimea, as investors tried to shield themselves from any confrontation between Russia and Ukraine on the weekend.

Above-forecast jobs data from the United States briefly helped shares pare losses. But they turned sharply lower again on reports that a U.S. warship was entering the Black Sea.

The U.S. military said the planned exercise was routine. Even so, the reaction showed how volatile the market could be when news broke about Crimea.

"People are a little bit nervous to go into the weekend with fully loaded long positions, given the ongoing Ukraine crisis," said Zeg Choudhry, the head of trading at Northland Capital Partners.   Continuación...