Euro zone shares were little changed on Monday, pegged back by a fall in Italian stocks, but charts indicated appetite for shares in the region remained solid and further gains were likely, Reuters reported.
The euro zone blue chip Euro STOXX 50 index was down 1.17 points at 2,824.88 points, flat in percentage terms at 0723 GMT.
Italian shares fell nearly 1 percent after members of Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right party openly warned they would bring down the government if the former premier is expelled from parliament.
The Euro STOXX 50 index, however, has been marking higher daily lows and highs in the past three sessions and closed a bearish gap between its Aug. 19 low and its Aug. 20 high, signalling rising investor appetite for euro zone shares.
The index has risen 8.6 percent since the start of July, or more than twice as much as the U.S. S&P 500, helped by improving economic data in the euro zone.
Italy's FTSE MIB was down 0.7 percent and Italian banks UniCredit and Intesa Sanpaolo, which are heavily exposed to the country's political situation through their sovereign debt holdings, were the top fallers on the Euro STOXX 50. They were both down around 1 percent.
Volume on the index was expected to remain thin as London's stock exchange, Europe's largest, was shut for a public holiday.