Brexit fears send European shares to lowest since February
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* FTSEurofirst 300 index drops 1.9 percent
* GAM slumps after profit warning
* Volatility index ends at 2016 high
* ECB seen backstopping markets in event of Brexit
By Atul Prakash and Danilo Masoni
LONDON/MILAN, June 14 (Reuters) - European shares fell for a fifth straight session on Tuesday on angst over next week's referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union and uncertainty over the outcome of a two-day U.S. Federal Reserve meeting that starts later in the day.
Swiss money manager GAM Holding dropped 17.9 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 billion). Continuación...