European shares sink to new three-month low, GAM plummets
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* FTSEurofirst 300 index down 1.1 percent
* GAM slumps 17 pct after profit warning
* Premier Farnell surges 50 pct on M&A news
* Volatility index surges to a four-month high
By Atul Prakash
LONDON, June 14 (Reuters) - European shares fell for a fifth straight session on Tuesday, with investors becoming jittery before next week's referendum in Britain on its membership of the European Union and a two-day meeting of the Federal Reserve starting later in the day.
Swiss money manager GAM Holding dropped nearly 17 percent to a 4-1/2-year low after warning it expects a roughly 50-percent year-on-year fall in first-half underlying profit before tax, mainly due to lower performance fees.
However, Premier Farnell surged 50 percent after Daetwyler Holding agreed to buy it in an all-cash offer that valued the British electronic component distributor at just over 1 billion Swiss francs ($1.04 billion). Continuación...