European shares steady ahead of U.S. jobs, Getinge slumps

LONDON, March 7 Fri Mar 7, 2014 8:08am GMT

LONDON, March 7 (Reuters) - European shares steadied in early trading on Friday, with many investors waiting for U.S. jobs data to provide fresh clues to health of the economy and help set the market's near-term direction.

Non-farm payrolls are forecast to have risen by 149,000 in February, up from the weather-depressed gains of 113,000 in January. Analysts said expectations may have been lowered by the soft ADP private-sector jobs report and ISM services sector survey released earlier this week.

IG expected the jobs number to rise to 185,000, higher than the market consensus, while KBC saw the figure at 200,000.

"A disappointing number will be neglected by investors as February was still adversely impacted by winter weather," Ruland Research analyst Heino Ruland, said.

"In the near term, I am quite bullish for equities. It becomes clearer by the day that growth resumed in the euro area, even though below potential growth, which means that interest rates will begin rising but stay comparatively low thereby increasing the relative attractiveness of equity valuations."

Medical technology group Getinge slumped 15 percent after it said first quarter earnings would be hit by an adverse mix of higher costs for consultants, lower invoicing, production problems and currency headwinds.

The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was down 0.05 percent at 1,343.62 points by 0804 GMT.

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/
Comments (1)
Trader_101x wrote:
“Whoop dee doo” more factually imaginative data to be released from America, I fear I might faint if I hold my breath. As for America’s great leader, 2nd amendment issues aside, I very much doubt anyone in that once great country would agree that he represents their wishes by trying to bankrupt them and spend their hard earned and easily taken dollars on propping up a failed financial system; but hey, what do I know, even moderately wealthy mere mortals have no say in the democratic process in which they vote for their chosen puppet. Joseph Stalin may have said that it is those who count the ballot papers who have the real power, but in reality it is the illusionists who maintain the faintest apparition of democracy who control the mindless herds of cattle of the voting classes.

Mar 07, 2014 9:03am GMT  --  Report as abuse
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.