Roche rallies as European shares hold steady before ECB meeting
(Updates with ECB keeping rates unchanged)
* FTSEurofirst 300 and Euro STOXX 50 edge up
* Roche, Orange rise after outlook lifted
* Publicis slumps after growth target cut
By Danilo Masoni
MILAN, Oct 22 (Reuters) - European shares were steady on Thursday, with solid earnings from drugmaker Roche supporting markets, while investors eyed a European Central Bank news conference later in the day for signs of more monetary support.
Both the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index and the euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index were up by between 0.1 and 0.2 percent.
The ECB kept interest rates unchanged at a record low at its meeting, but many investors were awaiting a news conference later by ECB head Mario Draghi for any sign that the ECB might offer more support for the euro zone's economy.
Analysts say the euro zone's central bank is likely to keep the door open for more monetary stimulus as it awaits fresh indications of the outlook for inflation in the bloc. Continuación...