By Sara Sjolin, MarketWatch
LONDON (MarketWatch) -- European stock markets swung between small gains and losses on Thursday, with the benchmark index struggling to extend a five-year high, as investors awaited data on euro-zone industrial production.
The Stoxx Europe 600 index was marginally higher at 311.01, after closing at the highest level since June 2008 on Wednesday.
Shares of Wm. Morrison Supermarkets PLC jumped 5% after the supermarket chain said it expects sales to improve in the second half and full-year performance to be in line with its previous expectations.
Shares of Vivendi SA picked up 2.6% after the French media and telecom group said late Wednesday it is looking into plans to split into two separate companies.
On a more downbeat note, shares of RWE AG lost 2.2% after Citigroup cut the utility firm to sell from neutral. The analysts said they see the current share price as unsupported by fundamentals, with the risk reward shifting to the downside again.
More broadly, investors waited for industrial-production data from the euro zone to gauge if the region's economic recovery is on track.
Among country-specific indexes, the U.K.'s FTSE 100 index climbed 0.2% to 6.599.90, while Germany's DAX 30 index picked up 0.2% to 8,505.95.
France's CAC 40 index was slightly lower at 4,118.62, after closing at the second highest level in 2013 on Wednesday.
-Sara Sjolin; 415-439-6400; AskNewswires@dowjones.com
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