* European stocks dip with Ukraine worries to the fore
* Investors await German sentiment survey
* Euro dips towards nine-month low vs dollar
* Brent crude falls below $104 a barrel
By Nigel Stephenson
LONDON, Aug 12 European shares fell on Tuesday,
throwing a rally in the U.S. and Asia into reverse, and the euro
dipped towards nine-month lows against the dollar as reports a
Russian aid convoy was heading to Ukraine ratcheted up tension
between Kiev and Moscow.
Investors were waiting for a closely watched gauge of German
economic sentiment, which some analysts expected will reflect
the impact on the euro zone's powerhouse of Western sanctions
imposed on Russia over the Ukraine crisis. The ZEW indicator
is due at 0900 GMT.
"We are looking for a hard drop in the index as geopolitics
is taking a toll. This comes before second-quarter GDP data on
Thursday and this may form a picture that there are cracks in
the euro zone recovery," said Commerzbank strategist Rainer
The FTSEurofirst 300 index fell 0.2 percent at
1,320.14 points, giving up a 1.3 percent gain on Monday.
The euro was down 0.2 percent at $1.3366, heading
towards nine-month lows hit last week.
"If the ZEW collapses, concerns about Russia will become
more intense," said Lutz Karpowitz, currency strategist at
"That means the euro will not merely suffer as a result of a
lack of momentum from other data today, but in the long run it
will simply become more difficult for the euro if the European
economy is unable to take off."
Russian shares traded mixed after strong gains on Monday.
The dollar-denominated RTS index was flat while the
rouble-based MICEX rose 0.5 percent. The rouble was 0.41
percent weaker against the dollar at 36.07
Moscow said a convoy of 280 trucks carrying humanitarian aid
set off for Ukraine, a day after the head of NATO warned against
using offers of help as a pretext for invasion.
Investors are also concerned about events in Iraq, where the
president named a new prime minister on Monday to replace Nuri
al-Maliki and the United States has bombed Islamic State
insurgents who have marched through the north and the west of
the country since June.
However, the price of oil fell on Tuesday, with Brent
dropping more than $1 to below $104 a barrel. The
political crisis has brought militia and special forces on to
the streets of Baghdad, but it was not expected to disrupt crude
Things had looked brighter in Asia.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
rose 0.4 percent after Monday's 1.5 percent jump.
In Tokyo, the Nikkei stock index firmed 0.2 percent.
On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial average
closed up 0.1 percent and the S&P 500 gained 0.3 percent.
Shares in Kinder Morgan, the biggest U.S. pipeline
company, jumped 9 percent to $39.37. It was the S&P 500's
biggest percentage gainer after the company said on Sunday it
would put all its publicly traded units under one roof in a $70
The dollar edged higher against other major currencies,
helped by a slight rise in U.S. Treasury yields, though the
geopolitical tensions that have dominated financial markets in
recent weeks were expected to restrict gains.
The U.S. currency edged up 0.1 percent to 102.25 yen,
having hit a two-week low of 101.51 yen on Friday.
U.S. 10-year Treasury notes yielded 2.43 percent, up a shade
from New York closing levels.
Yields on German government bonds, the euro zone benchmark,
were about flat at 1.068 percent. German yields
touched a series of record lows in recent days as investors
sought assets perceived as safe havens, before rebounding on
Gold held steady at about $1,308 an ounce. Analysts
said geopolitics would be the metal's most important driver.
(Additonal reporting by Anirban Nag and Emelia Sithole-Matarise
in London and Wayne Cole in Sydney; Editing by Larry King)