European shares fell in early trading on Friday, pulling back from two-week highs hit in the previous session following the US Federal Reserve’s decision to push back on its next rate increase.
By 0708 GMT, the pan-European STOXX 600 index was 0.4 percent lower, retreating a touch after having closed at its highest level since September 9 in the previous session.
The index is down more than 5 percent so far this year.
Lundbeck slumped 16.6 percent, the biggest STOXX 600 faller, after the Danish drug maker’s highly anticipated idalopirdine Alzheimer’s drug failed in a late-stage study.
Miners and banks were the biggest sectoral fallers with the STOXX Basic Resources and the STOXX Bank indexes down 1.3 and 0.7 percent respectively.