European shares edge higher before key U.S. data
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* Pan-European STOXX index up 0.3 percent
* Gains in utilities, pharma offset by weaker banks
* SBM Offshore plummets as Brazil prosecutors reject leniency deal
* Accor lifted by upgrade
By Danilo Masoni
MILAN, Sept 2 (Reuters) - European shares rose on Friday, but stayed within recent tight ranges as investors waited key U.S. jobs data later in the day for clues about the Federal Reserve's next interest rate hike.
The pan-European STOXX index was up 0.3 percent by 0848 GMT, following a flat close in the previous session, with gains among defensive stocks such as healthcare and utilities partly offset by weaker banks.
U.S. employment growth likely moderated in August, but was probably still strong enough to push the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates later this year. Continuación...