Commerzbank was the top gainer amid renewed market speculation it could be a takeover target. Its shares jumped more than 5 per cent. Speculation has recurred in recent years as Commerzbank defends itself as the smallest of Germany's big four banks behind Deutsche Bank, HypoVereinsbank and Dresdner.
GERMAN SHARES rose almost 3 per cent , fuelled by benign US jobs numbers which stilled fears of another interest rate rise. The DAX closed 2.82 per cent stronger at 5,336.22 points.