European shares edge ahead, helped by healthcare, oils

jueves 7 de abril de 2016 04:41 GYT

* FTSEurofirst up 0.3 percent

* Healthcare stocks top gainers for a second day

* Daimler, Skanska, Pearson go ex-div, shares among top losers (ADVISORY- Reuters plans to replace intra-day European and UK stock market reports with a Live Markets blog on Eikon (see cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets for site in development) Adds details)

By Danilo Masoni

MILAN, April 7 (Reuters) - European shares were slightly higher on Thursday with gains in healthcare and oil stocks only in part offset by some stocks such as Daimler going ex-dividend.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was up 0.3 percent by 0819 GMT, adding to gains seen on Wednesday when the region's markets rebounded from six week lows hit earlier in the week after weak economic data.

Despite the slight gains, sentiment remained fragile.

"What markets really would need are more positive global economic data ... indicating a pick up in economic activity especially in the Eurozone and the US," City of London Markets trader Markus Huber said in a note.

In its annual report on Thursday, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said the future of the global economy remains uncertain and there are questions about Europe's ability to weather new shocks.   Continuación...