European shares in limbo on Greece, U.S. data

jueves 2 de julio de 2015 04:31 GYT

* FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.2 percent

* Greek PM digs in ahead of referendum

* Traders await U.S. non-farm payrolls data

* Electrolux slammed, U.S. moves to block GE deal

* Amadeus rises on deal prospects

By Lionel Laurent

LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) - European stock markets opened slightly higher on Thursday, though the mood was one of caution with Greece just days away from a referendum that may decide its future in Europe and traders awaiting U.S. data.

Defiant Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged his country to reject an international bailout deal on Sunday, amid a worsening crisis described as "dangerous" by a top Bank of England official but which for now has shown little sign of serious financial contagion to other countries.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was up 0.2 percent in early deals, in line with the euro-zone blue-chip EuroStoxx 50. The wait-and-see attitude was exacerbated by U.S. jobs data due later on Thursday and investor bets that a messy Greek exit from the eurozone will be avoided.   Continuación...