European shares come off highs, Aegon rallies

miércoles 13 de enero de 2016 12:02 GYT

* FTSEurofirst 300 index gains 0.2 percent

* China's trade data helps provides support

* Profit-taking kicks in as sentiment remains fragile

* Aegon jumps after updates; mining stocks in demand (Adds details, updates prices)

By Danilo Masoni and Atul Prakash

MILAN/LONDON, Jan 13 (Reuters) - European shares rose on Wednesday, led by Dutch insurer Aegon following a business update, with better-than-expected Chinese trade data also providing support.

Gains made earlier in the session were reduced when some investors took profit, underlining the fragility of sentiment after a rocky start to the year due to fears over a slowdown in China.

"We are in a very volatile phase and it's not that surprising that any gains trigger profit taking. Europe is weighed down by a weak start at Wall Street," said Giuseppe Sersale, fund manager at Anthilia Capital.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 rose 0.2 percent to 1,352 points by 1536 GMT, extending Tuesday's gains. Earlier in the session the index hit a high of 1,374 points. Germany's DAX dipped into the red to fall 0.3 percent.   Continuación...