REFILE-Strong Italian results help push European shares to 6-year high

lunes 12 de mayo de 2014 12:40 GYT

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* FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.7 pct, sets 6-year high

* Euro STOXX 50 also rises 0.7 pct

* Strong results from Italian companies underpin recovery hopes

* Sky Deutschland, Alstom boosted by M&A activity

By Francesco Canepa

LONDON, May 12 (Reuters) - European shares hit six-year highs on Monday, lifted by strong results from Italian companies including the country's largest bank, UniCredit, and by mergers & acquisition activity.

Sentiment was further underpinned by renewed speculation about monetary stimulus from the European Central Bank following dovish comments from Austria's central banker, Ewald Nowotny.

Estimate-beating results from Italian lenders UniCredit and Banca Popolare di Milano, as well as motorway and airport operator Atlantia, reinforced optimism about a recovery in the euro zone's third largest economy.   Continuación...