Europe shares close off highs on Greek uncertainty


15/02/2012 20:33 AST  Reuters

European shares ended off session high on Wednesday, in thin trade, as investors pared gains on a report euro zone officials were considering delaying the second Greek bailout until after the country holds elections in April.

The market had earlier hit six month highs after the Greek conservative party gave a commitment letter to the European Union and IMF on implementing the new austerity package.

"The market does not like it - if Greece cannot get a bailout by mid-March it effectively has a messy default," said Richard Batty, strategist at Standard Life Investments, which has $248.37 billion of assets under management.

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