European equities scale new heights as DAX drives forward
* DAX sets new record high
* Gemalto boosted by Chinese contract
* Barclays upgrade lifts Novartis
* FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.2 pct
By Blaise Robinson
PARIS, June 10 (Reuters) - European equities climbed to new peaks on Tuesday, with Germany's DAX stock market setting a new record high.
Drugmaker Novartis and digital security company Gemalto were among the top performers as the region's stock markets extended their rally following the European Central Bank's new economic stimulus measures last week.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was up by 0.2 percent at 1,396.75 points by the middle of the trading day, setting a new peak for 2014 and reaching its highest level since early 2008.
Germany's DAX was up by 0.2 percent at 10,028.32 points, having earlier in the day set a record high of 10,033.74 points. Continuación...