European Stocks Head Higher Before U.S. Jobs Report

Investors bid indices up ahead of U.S. labor market figures which are expected to show the economy added about 196,000 private sector jobs in December,
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Investors bid indices up on Friday ahead of U.S. labor market figures which are expected to show the economy added about 196,000 private sector jobs in December, with a steady unemployment rate of 7%. In the U.K. unexpectedly weak output data weighs on the pound and appears to push back the day when the Bank of England will raise rates from 0.5%. Switzerland¿s Swatch Group ticks higher after delivering an upbeat assessment of 2013 earnings and promising ¿dynamic¿ year ahead, while Britain¿s Tullow Oil gains on speculation that the $13 billion company could be in the sights of Norwegian oil giant Statoil ASA.