LONDON, Feb 14 (Reuters) - European shares ended lower on
Thursday after investor sentiment was hit by weak regional
growth data, although a bounce off technical support and some
solid U.S. data helped indexes close off their lows.
The FTSEurofirst 300 provisionally closed down 1.39
points at 1,164.22, hovering 12 points off 2-year highs, while a
leading euro zone blue-chip index closed down 0.7
percent at 2.638.07.
European shares weakened after data showed the euro zone
economy shrank 0.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, but
pared losses late on after bullish jobs data in the U.S. sparked
a recovery on Wall Street.
Wall Street edged back towards 5-year highs, while in Europe
the Euro STOXX 50 found strong support at 2,600 both from prior
peaks and the uptrend line from its 2012 low.
"Mixed economic data created uncertainty and we have had a
lot of uptrends extending so it is only natural to see a little
bit of caution, but there is some solid support preventing a
sharper retracement" Dominic Hawker, technical strategist at