SKF outperforms as European shares edge higher

LONDON, July 16 Tue Jul 16, 2013 3:09am EDT

LONDON, July 16 (Reuters) - European shares edged higher on Tuesday to continue their recovery after hitting 2013 lows in late June, with Swedish industrials group SKF gaining on better than expected results.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index rose 0.1 percent to 1,201 points by 0705 GMT, while the euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index advanced 0.1 percent to 2.689.73 points.

SKF, the world's biggest bearings maker, rose 2.3 percent after posting a smaller-than-expected fall in second quarter earnings.

SKF painted a picture of a stuttering economic recovery, and Union Bancaire Privee (UBP) fund manager Scott Meech also felt that tentative signs of a gradual macroeconomic recovery meant it was a good time to buy back into European equities.

"As capital flows are reversing and the economic situation is improving in absolute and relative terms, it feels like a compelling time to revisit Europe," said Meech, co-head of pan-European equities at UBP.

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