LONDON, July 18 (Reuters) - European shares extended gains
in late trade on Thursday, bolstered by stronger-than-expected
U.S. data, gains of Wall Street and the break above a key
technical resistance level.
The EuroSTOXX 50 index of euro zone bluechips was up 1
percent at 2,708.11 points by 1406 GMT, extending
gains after an above-forecast reading on business sentiment in
the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region.
The broader STOXX Europe 600 was up 0.8 percent at 299.49
points, breaking above technical resistance around its March
high of 298.90 to cancel out a bearish head and