European shares fall to 2-week low as Brexit vote looms, Lufthansa drops

viernes 10 de junio de 2016 06:56 GYT

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* FTSEurofirst 300 index down 1.7 pct

* Lufthansa falls on news that CFO is to leave

* UniCredit drops as choice of new CEO seen taking time

By Atul Prakash and Danilo Masoni

LONDON/MILAN, June 10 (Reuters) - European shares fell to a two-week low on Friday, with Lufthansa dropping after the surprise departure of its chief financial officer, while persistent political concerns put pressure on cyclical stocks on the last trading day of the week.

Investors are jittery ahead of a June 23 referendum on British membership of the European Union. Though bookmakers' odds point towards a vote to remain, polls suggest a neck-to-neck race.

"The upcoming UK referendum on the EU in less than two weeks, continuing slow growth within the EU and rallying oil prices seem to be taking a toll on European stocks," City of London Markets trader Markus Huber said.

"With the European football championship kicking off in France and the country being on high alert for possible terror attacks, traders in general might prefer temporarily to reduce or at least hold steady their exposure to Europe for now."   Continuación...