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