|Bid||31.00 x 0|
|Ask||35.00 x 0|
|Day's range||31.80 - 32.00|
|52-week range||30.00 - 46.00|
|Beta (5Y monthly)||0.59|
|PE ratio (TTM)||33.00|
|Forward dividend & yield||N/A (N/A)|
|Ex-dividend date||21 Mar 2012|
|1y target est||N/A|
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European stocks closed marginally lower on Tuesday as energy shares gave up a chunk of Monday's big gains and banks lost steam ahead of a likely interest rate cut from the U.S. Federal Reserve. The pan-European STOXX 600 index ended about 0.1% lower as investors sought refuge in defensive sectors such as consumer staples and healthcare after the weekend's attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities heightened geopolitical tensions. The index notched its biggest percentage gain since January on Monday after the Saudi attack disrupted more than 5% of global oil supply.
Britain's blue-chip index ended flat on Tuesday as losses in oil major BP, triggered by a report that Saudi Arabia's output could be back up quicker than expected, were countered by gains in so-called defensive sectors. The FTSE 100 was marginally down at 0.01%. The FTSE 250 fell 0.1%, dragged lower by a collapse in the shares of fertiliser maker Sirius Minerals after the company cancelled the bond tender at the heart of a crucial project in northern England.
* European shares open flat to slightly lower * STOXX 600 fell 0.7% from 6-week high on Monday * Oil slightly lower after massive jump on Saudi attacks on Monday Welcome to the home for real-time coverage of European equity markets brought to you by Reuters stocks reporters and anchored today by Danilo Masoni. Reach him on Messenger to share your thoughts on market moves: rm://firstname.lastname@example.org WEIGHING OIL (0815 GMT) Black gold has been the talk of the town this week and its 15% jump yesterday after attack on Saudi Arabia crude facilities has had positive impact on oil & gas stocks and slightly negative on the others. As an oil importer, Europe's GDP could take a half-a-percentage-point hit on a 10% supply-driven oil price increase, Goldman Sachs analysts say, adding that the impact globally is around half of this.
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