European shares lifted by ECB and strong U.S. data
* FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.8 pct, back near 6-1/2 year high
* DAX back over 10,0000 points
* Strong U.S. jobs data buoys stock markets
* ECB's accommodative stance also props up equities
By Sudip Kar-Gupta
LONDON, July 3 (Reuters) - European shares rose on Thursday back to within sight of multi-year highs, as a jump in U.S. employment growth and further signs of support from the European Central Bank (ECB) lifted equities.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was up by 0.8 percent at 1,395.38 points going into the end of the trading day, leaving the index hovering near a 6-1/2 year high of 1,399.62 points reached in late June.
The euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index rose 0.9 percent to 3,281.83 points while Germany's DAX advanced 1 percent to 10,006.19 points - close to a record high of 10,050.98 points hit last month.
European stock markets extended earlier gains after data showed that U.S. employment growth rose in June and the jobless rate closed in on a six-year low. Continuación...