* FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.2 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.2 pct
* Ingenico jumps 9 pct; in talks to buy GlobalCollect
* Balfour Beatty tumbles 11 pct after profit warning
* U.S. payrolls seen at +212,000, 5th month above 200,000
By Blaise Robinson
PARIS, July 3 European stocks inched up in early
trading on Thursday, adding to the week's gains as investors
awaited U.S. payrolls figures and the outcome of a European
Central Bank policy meeting.
Shares in French IT systems group Ingenico jumped
9 percent after it said it was in talks to buy Amsterdam-based
online service payment provider GlobalCollect for an enterprise
value of 820 million euros ($1.12 billion).
At 0731 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top
European shares was up 0.2 percent at 1,387.42 points, as was
the euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index at
According to a Reuters poll of economists, payrolls probably
increased 212,000 in June, marking the fifth consecutive month
of job gains above 200,000, which would cement views that the
U.S. economic recovery is gaining momentum.
On Wednesday, the ADP National Employment Report, seen as a
pointer to the payrolls report, showed U.S. companies hired
281,000 workers in June, the biggest monthly increase since
November 2012 and well above expectations.
"It's wait-and-see this morning. The payrolls should be
relatively strong, which would help eclipse the recent dismal
quarterly growth figure," Lionel Jardin, head of institutional
sales at Assya Capital, in Paris.
"We're also awaiting (ECB President Mario) Draghi's
comments. With very sluggish economic growth in the euro zone,
the only driver for European stocks is the central bank."
Investor attention will be on any details of last month's
stimulus measures that might emerge from Thursday's ECB policy
Around Europe, UK's FTSE 100 index was up 0.2
percent, Germany's DAX index up 0.2 percent, and
France's CAC 40 up 0.3 percent.
Shares in British infrastructure group Balfour Beatty
tumbled 11 percent after it said trading at its
mechanical and electrical engineering division had worsened,
resulting in a 35 million pound ($60 million) profit shortfall.
Europe bourses in 2014: link.reuters.com/pap87v
Asset performance in 2014: link.reuters.com/gap87v
Today's European research round-up
(Editing by John Stonestreet)