Chipmakers help European shares buck macro gloom

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By Sruthi Shankar (Reuters) -European stocks steadied on Thursday after their worst two-day selloff since March, as investors balanced concerns over the U.S. debt ceiling standoff and a global economic slowdown with optimism from upbeat corporate earnings. The pan-European STOXX 600 index added 0.1% after shedding about 2.5% in the past two days, triggered by a selloff in luxury stocks and lack of progress in talks to raise the U.S. debt ceiling and avert a default. Ratings agency Fitch put the United States’ credit on watch for a possible downgrade on Wednesday. “The moves in the market in th…

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