European shares pare gains; debt fears persist

LONDON, March 24 (Reuters) – European shares pared early
losses to trade flat on Thursday, with gains in heavyweight
mining firms outperforming weak banking stocks which were
pressured by persistent fears over the euro zone debt crisis.

By 0823 GMT, the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 (.FTEU3: Quote, Profile, Research)
index of top shares was flat at 1,112.54 points, having traded
as low as 1,108.25 earlier in the session.
(Reporting by Harpreet Bhal)

European shares pare gains; debt fears persist