UK stocks : Euro Stock 50 down 3.1%
The STOXX 600 Basic Resources index fell only 0.2 percent, making it one of the best performing sectors.
Analysts said that in the longer term the current sell off could offer an attractive opportunity to snap up cheap European stocks, but cautioned that it may be soon to start buying in - a view that was also backed by technical analysis charts.
"The Italian index has not yet reached an obvious support, it is too early to step back into equities," Valerie Gastaldy, analyst at Day By Day, said in a note.
"The weekly chart of the FTSE MIB shows that the index is back into its large trading range, between 12,320 and 17,000. When an index breaks out and then reintegrates such a pattern, we can expect it to move back to the middle of the range. This level would be around 14,715."
That would imply a drop of around 5 percent from current levels.
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