European shares extend gains after strong U.S. jobs data

viernes 5 de diciembre de 2014 10:10 GYT

* FTSEurofirst 300 up 1.6 pct, after falling on Thurs

* Better-than-expected U.S. jobs data boosts sentiment

* Oil services shares drop as Brent at $69/barrel

By Blaise Robinson

PARIS, Dec 5 (Reuters) - European stocks extended their broad rally on Friday afternoon after data showed U.S. employers added the largest number of workers in nearly three years in November.

Non-farm payrolls surged by 321,000 last month, the most since January 2012. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast payrolls increasing by only 230,000.

"We knew that the U.S. economy was getting better and better, but these figures are very strong. It really fuels the bullish sentiment on the market," Saxo Bank trader Pierre Martin said.

The robust U.S. jobs data came after figures earlier on Friday showed German industry orders rose far more than forecast in October.

At 1345 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 1.6 percent at 1,402.42 points.   Continuación...