European shares propped up by healthcare and consumer stocks

martes 26 de julio de 2016 10:55 GYT

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* Commerzbank leads banking stocks lower

* Novo Nordisk and other health stocks outperform

* Hermes, Campari and Adidas touch record highs

By Danilo Masoni

MILAN/LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) - Gains in major healthcare and consumer goods stocks propped up European equities on Tuesday, offsetting persistent concerns over the region's banking system.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index edged up 0.1 percent going into the close of trading, as did the similar FTSEurofirst 300 index.

Healthcare stocks outperformed to add the most points to the market, with Danish insulin maker Novo Nordisk climbing 3 percent after brokerage Nordea forecast another boost for the company's Victoza diabetes product.

Some consumer goods and leisure stocks also outperformed, with Hermes, drinks maker Campari and sportswear company Adidas all touching record highs.   Continuación...