LONDON Jan 10 European shares saw modest early
gains on Thursday after more evidence of improving economic
conditions in China, though investors were cautious before a
policy decision from the European Central Bank later in the
The FTSEurofirst 300 was up 0.1 percent at 1,169.34
by 0808 GMT, extending the previous session's 0.7 percent
advance, boosted by miners following strong trade data
from top metals consumer China.
But gains looked set to be limited ahead of the ECB's
interest rate decision, due at 1245 GMT, with a news conference
from ECB President Mario Draghi at 1330 GMT.
"While we may have a positive start, that will be tempered
by a little bit of caution ahead of (ECB President Mario)
Draghi's press conference this afternoon," Michael Hewson,
senior analyst at CMC Markets, said.
"We're not expecting him to move on policy, but what Mr
Draghi might have to say could be of interest with respect to
possible interest rate cuts further down the line."