Mixed earnings hold back European shares ahead of U.S. jobs data

viernes 6 de febrero de 2015 07:53 GYT

* FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.3 pct, hovers below recent high

* Alcatel-Lucent rises after promising return to profit

* So far, 61 pct of companies beat forecasts - I/B/E/S

* Switzerland's Sunrise up 5 pct in market debut (Adds quote, detail, updates prices)

By Blaise Robinson and Alistair Smout

PARIS, Feb 6 (Reuters) - European stocks dipped on Friday to just below recent multi-year highs, held back by mixed earnings as investors looked to the January U.S. non-farm payrolls report due out before Wall Street opens.

Shares in Tate & Lyle were the biggest losers on the STOXX Europe 600, sinking 12 percent after the British ingredients company said annual profits would be below the range it forecast in September, hit by a weak performance in sweeteners in its third quarter.

Danish freight forwarder DSV also featured among the top losers, dropping 3.4 percent after fourth quarter operating profit missed expectations and the group proposed a lower dividend than predicted by analysts in a Reuters poll.

In contrasting earnings news, telecom equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent rose 3.3 percent, after pledging to lift profitability again this year through cost cuts after six straight quarters of gross margin improvements.   Continuación...