European stocks knocked lower by commodity slump

lunes 1 de diciembre de 2014 11:27 GYT
 

* FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.6 pct, led by oil, mining stocks

* Vodafone dips over potential bid for Liberty Global

* Morgan Stanley positive on European equities for 2015

By Blaise Robinson

PARIS, Dec 1 (Reuters) - European shares fell on Monday, led lower by oil and mining stocks, as weak Chinese and euro zone economic data fuelled a rout in the commodities market.

Shares in Vodafone were the biggest losers among the region's blue-chips, down 3.1 percent on talk it could bid for cable operator Liberty Global.

At 1515 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was down 0.6 percent at 1,384.31 points.

Last week's sell-off in oil majors and oil services firms resumed as Brent crude oil tumbled to a five-year low below $68 a barrel, before bouncing back.

Royal Dutch Shell shed 0.4 percent, Fugro fell 2.2 percent and ENI lost 1.6 percent.   Continuación...