Ukraine tensions and China weakness hit European shares

lunes 10 de marzo de 2014 12:06 GYT

* FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.5, Germany's DAX down 0.9 pct

* Report of Russian shots in Ukraine reignites sell-off

* Mining shares hurt again by soft Chinese data

* Bouygues-Iliad deal sparks rally in French telecom shares

By Francesco Canepa

LONDON, March 10 (Reuters) - European shares fell for the second session running on Monday, hit by tensions between Russia and Ukraine and weak economic data from the world's second-largest economy, China.

Most European indexes swung lower in the afternoon after the Interfax news agency reported Russian troops opened fire with automatic rifles during a takeover of a Ukrainian naval post in Crimea.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was down 0.5 percent at 1,319.83 points at 1529 GMT, re-testing a low set last week in a broad sell-off involving most sectors and national indexes.

German steel maker ThyssenKrupp, down 3.1 percent, was among the top fallers in Europe as Chinese steel and iron ore futures slumped to their lowest levels ever on concerns about a slowdown in the world's top commodity buyer.   Continuación...