LONDON, Dec 4 (Reuters) - European shares turned slightly
positive on Monday, with a rise in defensive stocks in the
healthcare sector - seen as among the most resilient to an
economic downturn - offsetting concerns over the U.S. budget.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was up by
0.1 percent at 1,122.69 points by 0828 GMT, after having
initially opened down by around 0.1 percent.
The euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index
rose 0.2 percent to 2,587.36 points.
Healthcare stocks Sanofi and Roche added
the most points to the FTSEurofirst 300 index, with brokerage
Kepler raising its price target on Roche's shares to 206 Swiss
francs from 190.