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UPDATE 2-European stocks hold firm as banks, Spanish shares fall

* Spire soars after rejects Mediclinic offer (Adds details, updates prices at close)

European shares open sideways, Spain underperforms again

LONDON, Oct 23 European shares opened sideways on Monday, with Madrid's bourse underperforming its peers for another session as the ongoing crisis in Catalonia continued to take its toll.

UPDATE 3-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Oct 23

Oct 23 Britain's FTSE 100 index is expected to open 2 points higher at 7,525.5 on Monday, according to financial spreadbetters, with futures up 0.06 percent ahead of the cash market open.

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Oct 23

Oct 23 Britain's FTSE 100 index is expected to open 2 points higher at 7,525.5 on Monday, according to financial spreadbetters. * GSK: GlaxoSmithKline's gene therapy for the so-called "bubble boy" disease was approved by Britain's healthcare cost watchdog NICE, despite a price tag of almost 600,000 euros ($700,000). * GSK: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved GlaxoSmithKline's Shingrix shingles vaccine for use in adults aged 50 and over, a move wide

UPDATE 2-Ericsson, Volvo lead European stocks in earnings driven session

* U.S. tax reform progress lifts banks, risky sectors (Adds closing prices)

Ericsson, Volvo propel European stocks as Spain lags

LONDON, Oct 20 European shares rose in early deals on Friday, recovering some losses as well-received earnings reports boosted shares in Volvo and Ericsson, though political malaise held back Spanish stocks.

 
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