European shares rise early, led by miners

European shares rise early, led by miners

At 0804 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 0.3% at 965.00 points, on track to record a weekly loss of 2.1%.

“There’s a growing sentiment that the European Central Bank is doing quite a good job and is ready to buy more bonds if needed, preventing stocks from a complete meltdown," said David Thebault, head of quantitative sales trading at Global Equities.

“But at the same time, we have this sword of Damocles of rating downgrades waiting to happen, so it’s hard to go long."

Miners rallied along with metal prices, with Rio Tinto up 2% and Xstrata up 2.4%.