LONDON, July 2 Falls at medical group Fresenius
and food group Danone weighed on European
shares on Tuesday, with traders expecting the near-term trend
for European equities to remain a relatively negative one.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was down by
0.1 percent at 1,162.43 points by 0710 GMT, while the euro
zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index was flat at
German group Fresenius slumped 9.7 percent to make it the
worst performing FTSEurofirst 300 stock as its shares were hit
by a move by the U.S. federal government to propose rate cuts of
up to 9.4 percent in Medicare funding for dialysis centres.
Danone also fell 1.2 percent after China launched a probe
into five foreign infant milk companies for possible anti-trust
violations, according to the Beijing Times.
The FTSEurofirst 300 index has traded in a relatively tight
range since recovering from a 2013 low of 1,111.11 points on
June 24 after it had fallen off a 5-1/2 year peak of 1,258.09
points reached in late May.
Andreas Clenow, hedge fund trader and principal of ACIES
Asset Management, saw European equities making little gains in
the near term.
"We're rangebound. The longer trend is still up, but the
medium trend is still down for European equities," he said.
(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta, editing by Atul Prakash)