European shares touch 7-year high after strong U.S. jobs data

viernes 6 de febrero de 2015 13:25 GYT

* FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.2 pct, touches new 7-yr high

* Non-farm payroll report beats expectations

* Alcatel-Lucent rises after promising return to profit

* Switzerland's Sunrise up 11.8 pct in market debut (Updates with closing prices)

By Alistair Smout and Blaise Robinson

LONDON/PARIS, Feb 6 (Reuters) - European stocks touched a seven-year high on Friday, recovering early losses after a robust U.S. jobs report pointed to underlying strength in the world's biggest economy.

Non-farm payrolls increased by 257,000 last month, against a Reuters forecast for 234,000, while data for November and December was revised to show a hefty 147,000 more jobs created than previously reported.

U.S. wages also rebounded strongly.

"There's been an across-the-board improvement in economic data from the United States, which really assuages concerns we had that there might've been a slowdown in January," Chris Beauchamp, analyst at IG, said.   Continuación...