European shares extend post-ECB rally, led by peripherals

viernes 6 de junio de 2014 12:38 GYT

(Updates with closing levels)

* FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.6 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.8 pct

* Euro zone peripheral indexes add to brisk 2014 gains

* Volatility index tumbles to 2007 levels

* Muted reaction to in-line U.S. jobs data

By Blaise Robinson

PARIS, June 6 (Reuters) - European shares extended gains triggered by new European Central Bank measures to boost the region's recovery into a second day on Friday, with a euro zone blue-chip index reaching a six-year high.

Euro zone peripheral markets outperformed, pushing Madrid's IBEX up 1.7 percent and Milan's FTSE MIB up 1.5 percent - led by banking stocks such as Banco Santander and Intesa SanPaolo, as investors bet that euro zone banks would most benefit from the ECB's measures.

The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares ended 0.6 percent higher at 1,388.48 points, while the euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index rose 0.8 percent, ending at 3,294.28 points, a level not seen since 2008.   Continuación...