European shares end marginally up, ECB meeting in focus
* Euro STOXX 50 up 0.5 pct, FTSEurofirst 300 flat
* Pearson shares slump after profit warning
* Credit Suisse slips on results, capital hike plans
* Technology sector is top gainer, led by ARM
By Danilo Masoni and Atul Prakash
MILAN/LONDON, Oct 21 (Reuters) - European shares crept higher on Wednesday as expectations of a positive close to the year and continued central bank support before an ECB meeting on Thursday helped investors to shrug off bad earnings news.
The euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index gained 0.5 percent. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index closed almost flat after falling as much as 0.8 percent earlier in the session.
"With the European Central Bank meeting tomorrow, investors do not want to be overly short (negative)," said Markus Huber, trader at Peregrine & Black in London. Continuación...