European shares finished down for a third straight session near a two-week low.There is renewed concerns about the health of the financial sector and worries the stock market rally has gone too far too fast. Some analysts are now talking about a correction being overdue. Another factor – US private employers cut 298,000 jobs in August, added to investors’ concerns over the direction of the world’s biggest economy. Banking stocks slid after a sharp sell-off in the United States on Tuesday and in Japan on Wednesday but also as investors took profits after a strong run in recent months. Insurers also lost ground as did mining companies as copper fell to a near two-week low. Danish shipping and oil group Moller-Maersk slumped as it will raise 1.25 billion euros through the sale of new shares Oil prices have been choppy because of inventory data and the weak US jobs figures.
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