European shares edge up on Greek debt deal respite

LONDON Tue Nov 27, 2012 11:39am EST

LONDON Nov 27 (Reuters) - European shares edged higher on Tuesday after an agreement by international lenders to cut Greece's debt gave some short-term support to investor sentiment.

The FTSEurofirst 300 index, which rose 4 percent last week, provisionally closed up 0.3 percent at 1,107.57 points, with the Greek deal clearing the way for the next tranche of aid to Athens to help avoid an imminent default.

However, the euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index was flat at 2,542.43 points, and many investors voiced doubts about details of the plan, including Greece's ability to meet deficit reduction targets.

"There's a glimmer of hope but the market needs more than that," said XBZ Ltd European equity options broker Mike Turner.

Food company Nestle and healthcare group Novartis added the most points to the FTSEurofirst 300 index, indicating a tendency to favour "defensive" stocks seen as the most resilient to a weak economy, over more "risky" stocks such as banks.

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