European shares inch up ahead of payrolls, ECB

jueves 3 de julio de 2014 03:42 GYT

* FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.2 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.2 pct

* Ingenico jumps 9 pct; in talks to buy GlobalCollect

* Balfour Beatty tumbles 11 pct after profit warning

* U.S. payrolls seen at +212,000, 5th month above 200,000

By Blaise Robinson

PARIS, July 3 (Reuters) - European stocks inched up in early trading on Thursday, adding to the week's gains as investors awaited U.S. payrolls figures and the outcome of a European Central Bank policy meeting.

Shares in French IT systems group Ingenico jumped 9 percent after it said it was in talks to buy Amsterdam-based online service payment provider GlobalCollect for an enterprise value of 820 million euros ($1.12 billion).

At 0731 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 0.2 percent at 1,387.42 points, as was the euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index at 3,257.93 points.

According to a Reuters poll of economists, payrolls probably increased 212,000 in June, marking the fifth consecutive month of job gains above 200,000, which would cement views that the U.S. economic recovery is gaining momentum.   Continuación...