* FTSE 100 up 0.6 pct
* Markets welcome U.S. jobs data
* ECB measures help broader European markets
* Cyclical stocks outperform; defensives weak
* Aggreko, Centrica shares up
By Tricia Wright
LONDON, June 6 UK shares advanced on Friday
after a solid U.S. jobs report came on the heels of fresh
stimulus measures from the European Central Bank which
underpinned European markets.
Cyclical stocks, so-called because they are highly geared to
the economic cycle, were in demand, with money managers St.
James's Place and Aberdeen Asset Management
among the top risers on the UK benchmark.
Consumer goods company Unilever, spirits maker
Diageo, and cigarette firm Imperial Tobacco -
all considered to be defensive stocks which often bring up the
rear when markets rise - were some of the day's biggest fallers.
The FTSE 100 index was up 40.14 points, or 0.6
percent, at 6,853.63 points by 1506 GMT, in line with the
pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index.
Traders bet on further short-term gains for the FTSE 100,
trading just 0.6 percent shy of a peak hit last month of
6,894.88 - its highest level since December 1999, when it set a
record of 6,950.60 points.
About 217,000 U.S. jobs were added last month, in line with
market expectations, while the unemployment rate held steady at
"The fact that it came in bang on... has been fairly
encouraging for the markets," IG chief market strategist Brenda
"The FTSE still hasn't hit its all-time high, it hasn't even
managed to hit the 6,900 level... I would say there's still a
little bit more room to go in it."
Aggreko, the world's biggest temporary power
provider, rose 1.7 percent. Analysts at Jefferies rated the
stock a "buy" in a note to clients on Friday, saying the company
had "sizeable" opportunities in South America.
Centrica, meanwhile, saw its shares advance 1.4
percent after a report in the Daily Mail said the utility had
attracted bid interest from Middle East investors. Centrica
declined to comment on the report.
(Additional reporting by Lionel Laurent; Editing by Ruth