European stocks dip as investors book recent gains

viernes 2 de mayo de 2014 12:40 GYT

(Adds closing levels, recasts with profit-taking in late trade)

* FTSEurofirst 300 dips 0.3 pct following sharp gains

* Deutsche Telekom, Bouygues, Iliad up on M&A talk

* More than $312 billion in European M&A year-to-date

* Europe stocks enjoy further inflows from U.S. funds

By Blaise Robinson

PARIS, May 2 (Reuters) - European stocks dipped late on Friday as investors, wary that the confrontation over Ukraine could escalate over the weekend, booked recent gains spurred by an M&A wave.

The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares ended 0.3 percent lower at 1,351.08 points. It slightly rallied following better-than-expected U.S. jobs data, before investors started to take profits off the table in late trade.

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