European shares turn higher, led by Vodafone, Thales

viernes 24 de julio de 2015 05:00 GYT

* FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.4 pct

* Index turns positive after weak euro zone PMIs

* Abengoa renews slump after volatile Thursday

* Aggreko, SES issue profit warnings

By Alistair Smout

LONDON, July 24 (Reuters) - European shares turned higher on Friday as investors chewed over mixed earnings updates, getting support from well-received updates from Vodafone and Thales

British telecom firm Vodafone rose 3.7 percent, adding the most points to an advance on the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 , after results that showed improvements across major markets in Germany and Britain.

French defence group Thales was up 8 percent, hitting an all-time high after its results.

First-half operating profit rose by a wider-than-expected 18 percent to 473 million euros ($519 million), buoyed in part by a tighter grip on costs in its defence and security business.   Continuación...