European shares nudge higher before U.S. payrolls data, ECB meeting

jueves 3 de julio de 2014 06:14 GYT

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

* Ingenico jumps on talks to buy GlobalCollect

* ECB expected to keep rates at record lows

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

By Blaise Robinson

PARIS, July 3 (Reuters) - European stocks crept higher on Thursday, adding to the week's gains, as investors waited to see U.S. payrolls figures and the outcome of a European Central Bank policy meeting.

Shares in French IT systems group Ingenico jumped 6.8 percent after it said it was in talks to buy GlobalCollect, an Amsterdam-based provider of online-payment services, for an enterprise value of 820 million euros ($1.12 billion).

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was up by 0.3 percent at 1,389.34 points by the middle of the trading day, putting it close to the 6 1/2-year high of 1,399.62 points it reached in late June.

The euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index also rose 0.4 percent to 3,265.20 points.   Continuación...