UPDATE 2-Oil rally drives European shares higher as U.S. pulls out of Iran deal

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UPDATE 2-Oil rally drives European shares higher as U.S. pulls out of Iran deal
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* STOXX 600 up 0.6 pct to fresh 3-month high

* Crude price rally on Iran tension boosts oil stocks

* Iran-exposed stocks Airbus, Renault , PSA lag

* Siemens up 4 percent after guidance upgrade (Updates prices, adds details)

By Danilo Masoni and Helen Reid

MILAN, May 9 (Reuters) - European shares were supported on Wednesday by strength in oil stocks after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of Iran's nuclear agreement, boosting crude prices.

While some well-received earnings updates also provided support to the overall market, shares in companies with exposure to Iran fell, with plane maker Airbus and car makers Renault RENA.PA and PSA PEUP.PA all falling. pan-European STOXX 600 .STOXX index ended the day up 0.6 percent at fresh three-month highs, while higher crude prices helped the commodities-heavy FTSE 100 .FTSE outperform, up 1.3 percent.

The oil and gas index .SXEP was the biggest sectoral gainer, surging up 2.9 percent to a three-year high as crude rallied after Trump's move on Iran raised the risk of conflict in the Middle East and cast uncertainty over global supplies. other signatories remain onboard, Trump's decision potentially turns the geopolitical instability dial up a notch, especially in the Middle East," Accendo Markets analysts said in a note.

Shares in oil majors Total TOTF.PA , Royal Dutch Shell RDSa.L and Eni ENI.MI were all trading up between 1.9 and 3.9 percent. The oil sector had its best day in a month.

But higher oil prices weighed on airline stocks, with Ryanair RYA.I , Air France AIRF.PA and Lufthansa LHAG.DE down 0.8 to 2.2 percent.

The travel sector .SXTP was the worst-performing, down 1 percent as Europe's largest travel and tourism group TUI Group TUIT.L also declined 1.6 percent after an uninspiring earnings update. result beats, Siemens SIEGn.DE shares rose 3.9 percent after the German industrial giant raised its full-year profit guidance, offsetting worries over exposure to Iran. at Jefferies reiterated their buy rating on the stock, saying the quarterly performance of Siemens was strong apart from the results of its power and gas (PG) business.

"This was a very mixed picture from Siemens with PG taking the shine off what were actually very good results ... with the core automation businesses doing especially well," they wrote.

The world's largest brickmaker, Wienerberger WBSV.VI , rose 7.2 percent after saying it expected to meet full-year earnings estimates thanks to strong demand from Eastern Europe. Banca became the latest Italian bank to report, its shares rising 8.3 percent after strong results. disappointments sent shares sliding. ProsiebenSat1 PSMGn.DE sank 9.3 percent after the German broadcaster said profitability would dip over the summer. in Europe have outperformed Wall Street, supported by a weakening euro against a surging dollar, while the earnings season has also been supportive.

According to Thomson Reuters data, earnings beats on the MSCI EMU index outnumbered misses by nearly 6 to 3 so far, with first quarter growth seen at 3.2 percent in local currency.

In M&A news, Vodafone VOD.L agreed to pay $21.8 billion to buy Liberty Global's LBTYA.O assets in Germany and a number of other countries to take on rivals with a broader offer of superfast cable TV, broadband and mobile. see the move (if completed) as positive strategically in terms of creating a stronger, converged operator," said UBS analysts, adding that the absence of an equity issuance to fund the deal was a positive.

Broker Kepler Cheuvreux upgraded its outlook for German stocks, expecting a slight moderation in the euro's strength to translate into gains for the index dominated by exporting firms.

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