Portugal powers past weaker European equities
* Lisbon's PSI-20 equity index outperforms to rise XX pct
* Portuguese market buoyed by signs of economic recovery
* FTSEurofirst 300 falls 0.3 pct to 1,343.23 points
* Credit Suisse cuts Germany to "benchmark" vs "overweight"
* Backdrop of M&A activity cushions stock markets
By Sudip Kar-Gupta
LONDON, May 6 (Reuters) - European stock markets fell broadly on Tuesday, apart from Lisbon which swam against the tide in response to new signs of economic recovery which buoyed the country's bourse.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index, which had reached a near 6-year high of 1,357.05 points earlier this month, closed down by 0.3 percent at 1,343.23 points.
The euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index also fell 0.7 percent while Germany's DAX, which hit a record high of 9,794.05 points in late January, slipped 0.7 percent to 9,467.53 points. Continuación...