European shares gain on ECB stimulus bets; Greece leads

miércoles 3 de diciembre de 2014 13:48 GYT

(Updates prices at settlement)

* FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.5 pct

* Greece, Spain, Italy lead gains ahead of ECB meeting

* Telenor, TeliaSonera rally after deal to merge units

* Metro, Adidas sink on worries over exposure to rouble

By Francesco Canepa

LONDON, Dec 3 (Reuters) - European stocks rose on Wednesday, led by shares in Greece, Italy and Spain, as investors bet the European Central Bank would signal further economic stimulus at a policy meeting on Thursday.

Greece's ATG, Spain's Ibex and Italy's FTSE MIB were the best performing indexes in Europe, rising between 1 percent and 1.7 percent, led by heavyweight banks, which have sizeable holdings of sovereign debt.

Italian yields fell below 2 percent for the first time, with Spanish equivalents hitting a record low of 1.81 percent. The euro tumbled to a 27-month low against the dollar.   Continuación...