European shares reversed losses and briefly turned positive again on Tuesday in choppy trading after U.S. consumer confidence readings came in better than expected.

At 3:07 p.m., the FTSEurofirst 300 <.FTEU3> index of top European shares was down 0.1 percent at 1,072.77 points, having gone in and out of positive territory during the session.

(Reporting by Brian Gorman)