European shares rise ahead of Fed; Sanofi drops again

miércoles 29 de octubre de 2014 04:12 GYT

PARIS Oct 29 (Reuters) - European shares rose early on Wednesday, tracking sharp gains on Wall Street ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest policy announcement.

Shares in French pharma group Sanofi bucked the trend, dropping 5.3 percent and adding to the previous session's slump, after its board said on Wednesday it had decided to oust chief executive Chris Viehbacher.

At 0807 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 0.4 percent at 1,321.69 points, led by mining shares such as Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton up 0.9-1.2 percent, climbing along with metal prices.

The Fed is expected to announce the end of its bond-buying stimulus while restating its willingness to wait before hiking interest rates, which should reassure markets. (Reporting by Blaise Robinson; Editing by Alistair Smout)