European Factors to Watch-Shares to open flat; Nestle, Swiss Re seen up after results

jueves 19 de febrero de 2015 03:26 GYT

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LONDON Feb 19 (Reuters) - European shares were seen opening flat on Thursday, pausing near 7-year highs as investors awaited developments in Greece's negotiations with its lenders and digested earnings from blue-chip companies including food group Nestle and reinsurer Swiss Re .

Futures for the Euro STOXX 50 equity index, Germany's DAX, Britain's FTSE and France's CAC were between 0.1 percent lower and 0.1 percent higher at 0720 GMT.

Main indexes had posted healthy gains in the previous session on optimism about a deal to extend Greece's loan agreement. The country is expected to conclude a deal with its euro zone partners "soon", its government spokesman said on Thursday.

Swiss Re, the world's second largest reinsurer, was indicated to open 0.9 percent higher after it sweetened the hit from forecast-lagging fourth-quarter results on Thursday by announcing a special dividend and share buyback.

Nestle was expected to rise by roughly the same amount after it reported full-year sales growth in line with analysts' lowered expectations.

Global risk appetite was boosted overnight when minutes of the Federal Reserve's last meeting showed "many" members wanted to keep rates near zero for longer.

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