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Europe: Shares steady in early trading

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European equities steadied in early trading on Friday after recent sharp gains, with investors seen reluctant to place strong bets before a US jobs report that could provide hints about the timing of a US rate hike.

[LONDON] European equities steadied in early trading on Friday after recent sharp gains, with investors seen reluctant to place strong bets before a US jobs report that could provide hints about the timing of a US rate hike.

At 0804 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares flat at 1,569.33 points after gaining in the previous session. However, the index headed for a fifth straight week of gains.

REUTERS