European shares inched higher in morning trade on Friday, helped by encouraging company earnings and a march higher for construction and material stocks led by a rise in 2012 sales targets for French firm Vinci .
Sandvik jumped 10 percent, with volumes hitting 143 percent of its 90-day daily average, after the Swedish machinery and tool maker posted record orders and a surprise rise in quarterly earnings, on the back of strong demand in its industrial tools and mining business.
The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 0.1 percent at 1,045.09 points at 0850 GMT after falling to a low of 1,034.54 earlier in the session following a two-notch cut in Spain's credit rating overnight.
Saudi plans $91bn spend to spur petchem sector
Saudi Arabia has earmarked $91 billion to be spent over the next 10 years to build new petrochemicals plants and expand existing ones as well as integrate refineries with petrochemical units, accordi