BRIEF-Gemini reports Q1 net loss per share of $0.04
* Now expecting revenue for 2017 to be less than 2016 but expects activity to pick up in second half of 2017 into 2018 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:
LONDON, April 3 European shares fell early on Wednesday, led by Vodafone after takeover speculation surrounding the telecoms heavyweight was quashed overnight.
Shares in Vodafone fell 3 percent after its U.S. partner Verizon denied reports of a joint takeover of the UK firm with AT&T.
Vodafone's slump knocked 0.8 points off the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index, which was down 1.2 points, or 0.1 percent, at 1,202.46 points at 0709 GMT.
The euro zone blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index was down 0.5 percent to 2,666.98 points, holding above its recent lows in the 2,600 area, seen by chartists as key to confirm the market remained in an uptrend.
"We've bounced from (2,600) once again so we assume we would be testing once again the 2,740-2,750 area," said Valerie Gastaldy, head of Paris-based technical analysis firm, Day-By-Day.
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