PARIS Jan 3 A leading pan-European share index
ended higher on Thursday, helped by better-than-expected U.S.
jobs data and strong gains from a Swiss market returning from a
The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares
provisionally ended 0.4 percent higher at 1,162.24 points.
While Switzerland's SMI benchmark surged 2.9
percent, and UK's FTSE 100 added 0.3 percent, most other
regional indexes pulled back slightly after a U.S. budget deal
had fuelled strong gains in the previous session.
That bout of profit-taking was capped after data showed U.S.
private-sector employers added 215,000 jobs in December, well
above economists' expectations, a day before all-important
payrolls figures for December, but it failed to spark a
sustained broad-market rally.
"It basically means two scenarios for tomorrow: a strong
figure and indexes hit new highs, or a sluggish figure which
would trigger a pull-back. A lot of investors are looking for a
reason to book profits at this point," Saxo Banque senior sales
trader Alexandre Baradez said.