Europe stocks slip as Fed jitters eclipse M&A fever

martes 16 de septiembre de 2014 10:10 GYT

* FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.5 pct, hitting two-week low

* Worries about U.S. rates and Scottish referendum

* French stocks under pressure ahead of confidence vote

* "Expect turbulence," Wells Fargo AM's Paulsen says

By Blaise Robinson

PARIS, Sept 16 (Reuters) - European stocks fell on Tuesday, with a regional index hitting a two-week low, as this week's referendum on independence in Scotland and the Federal Reserve's policy meeting kept investors on edge.

France's CAC 40 was down 0.6 percent ahead of a confidence vote in the French parliament later on Tuesday. The government finally conceded last week that near-zero growth would prevent it from bringing its public deficit below three percent of output next year.

The worries overshadowed recent enthusiasm about brisk mergers and acquisition activity in Europe in the past few days.

Bucking the negative trend on Tuesday, Jazztel rose 6.2 percent on the day after a 13 percent rally on Monday. France's Orange has announced a deal to buy the Spanish fixed-line telecommunications operator.   Continuación...