LONDON Dec 14 European shares edged up in early
deals on Friday, with many traders expecting equity markets to
gain ground before the year-end on prospects of a deal in U.S.
Fresh signs of economic growth in China also improved
sentiment towards equities.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index rose 0.1
percent to 1,136.06 points, pushing the index back towards an
18-month high of 1,141.32 points hit earlier this week.
The euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index
also advanced by 0.1 percent to 2,630.33 points.
"Every minor dip is bought up pretty quickly afterwards,"
said Central Markets senior broker Joe Neighbour.
"I can't really see any big sell-off between now and the end
of the year. I expect the markets to continue to grind higher,"