Europe stocks trim gains after quake hits Japan

PARIS, April 7 (Reuters) – European stocks trimmed gains and
briefly turned negative in late trading on Thursday, as a new
earthquake hitting Japan spooked investors, traders said.

At 1452 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 (.FTEU3: Quote, Profile, Research) index of top
European shares was up 0.07 percent at 1,148.93 points, after
falling to as low as 1,145.30 points shortly after the news of
the earthquake. The index was up 0.5 percent a few minutes
before the news.

The strong quake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale shook
northeast and eastern Japan, and a tsunami warning was issued
for the northeastern coast of Japan, an area badly hit by the
March 11 earthquake.
(Reporting by Blaise Robinson)

Europe stocks trim gains after quake hits Japan