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European Factors to Watch-Indexes to make flat start to March

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LONDON, March 2 (Reuters) - European shares were seen kicking off March on a flat note on Monday, with many regional benchmarks hovering at multi-year highs after the best start to the year since they started trading in late 1986.

Futures for the Euro STOXX 50 equity index and Germany's DAX were up between 0.1 percent and 0.2 percent, although futures for France's CAC and Britain's FTSE 100 edged down by 0.2-0.3 percent by 0747 GMT.

European stocks gained 14 percent in the first two months of the year, boosted by the prospect of the European Central Bank's quantitative easing programme set to start in March.

Investors' growing optimism about the euro zone will be put to the test when manufacturing data from the bloc's largest economies and the currency club as a whole is published between 0845 GMT and 0900 GMT.

Mergers and acquisition activity was set to be in focus.

France's Orange and Italy's telecom operator Telecom Italia have been discussing a possible alliance between the former monopolies, Orange's chief executive told the Journal de Dimanche.

Swiss cement maker Holcim is considering offering its shareholders a sweetener to win their approval for a planned merger with France's Lafarge, a Swiss newspaper reported on Sunday without citing a source.

Of interest to the tech sector, chip maker NXP Semiconductors NV has agreed to buy smaller peer Freescale Semiconductor Ltd and merge operations in a deal valuing the combined company at over $40 billion.

Austrian banks will also come under scrutiny after the country's Financial Market Authority stepped in on Sunday to wind down "bad bank" Heta Asset Resolution and imposed a moratorium on debt repayments by the vehicle set up last year from the remnants of defunct lender Hypo Alpe Adria.

The tone of the discussions between Greece and its creditors seemed to be softening, with the head of the euro zone finance ministers' group saying in an interview published on Monday that the country's international creditors could pay part of the 7.2 billion euros remaining in its bailout pot as early as this month if Athens starts adopting necessary reforms.

Company News:

Credit Suisse

Credit Suisse said on Friday it would put aside more funds for a U.S. probe and other litigation about whether the Swiss bank deceived investors in risky mortgage-backed securities it had issued in the run-up to the financial crisis.

Austrian Banks

Austria's Financial Market Authority stepped in on Sunday to wind down "bad bank" Heta Asset Resolution and imposed a moratorium on debt repayments by the vehicle set up last year from the remnants of defunct lender Hypo Alpe Adria.

Roche

Roche said on Friday that European regulators had recommended approval of its drug Avastin in combination with chemotherapy as a treatment for women with an advanced form of cancer of the cervix.

Holcim, Lafarge

Swiss cement maker Holcim is considering offering its shareholders a sweetener to win their approval for a planned merger with France's Lafarge, a Swiss newspaper reported on Sunday without citing a source.

Orange, Telecom Italia

France's Orange and Italy's telecom operator Telecom Italia have been discussing a possible alliance between the former monopolies, Orange's chief executive told the Journal de Dimanche.

Tech Stocks

Chip maker NXP Semiconductors NV has agreed to buy smaller peer Freescale Semiconductor Ltd and merge operations in a deal valuing the combined company at over $40 billion.

Rwe

RWE will complete a 5 billion euro ($5.59 billion) deal to sell oil and gas unit DEA to Russian tycoon Mikhail Fridman on Monday, despite a late British move to block part of the sale, the company said on Sunday.

Vivendi

French media group Vivendi said on Friday it would reward shareholders with a share buyback and a generous dividend after agreeing to sell its remaining stake in telecom group SFR to cap off two years of asset sales.

Iag /Aer Lingus

International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) is to make "concrete proposals" to the Irish government next week to try and convince it to sell its 25 percent stake in Aer Lingus, the Sunday Business Post reported.

Glaxosmithkline /Novartis

GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis said on Monday they had completed a series of asset swaps worth more than $20 billion that will reshape both drugmakers.

Bankia

The lender reported on Saturday 2014 profits hit by provisions taken out against potential compensation claims for its ill-fated 2011 stock market listing. Late on Friday, the bank said it would pay its first ever dividend.

Carige

Malacalza Investimenti agreed on Sunday to buy 10.5 percent of Banca Carige from the Carige banking foundation in a 66.2 million euros deal that makes the family controlled holding the biggest investor in the mid-sized Italian lender.

Monte Dei Paschi

Mexican billionaire David Manuel Martinez has resigned from the board of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena after four months in the post but will not sell his 4.5 percent stake in the troubled Italian lender.

Mediaset, Rai Way

Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan ruled out talking to Mediaset about any renewed bid for Rai Way, the transmission towers unit of state broadcaster Rai, reiterating that the government intended to keep its majority stake.

Padoan said he was unaware of any plan for Rai Way to be integrated into a single company with Mediaset's EI Towers or Inwit, the wireless tower unit of Telecom Italia.

Il Messaggero said on Saturday Banca IMI, UniCredit and Mediobanca were studying a three-way tie-up involving Rai Way, EI Towers and Inwit to create a national masts company.

Tomtom

Dutch navigation company TomTom said on Monday it had struck a deal with KIA 000270.KS to provide traffic, weather and other real-time data for the South Korean carmaker's European automobile models.

Ferragamo

The luxury group expects its sales to grow this year after the Chinese New Year contributed to an "excellent" performance in February, Chief Executive Michele Norsa said on Sunday.

Fcc

The builder and services company reported on Saturday losses in 2014 had halved from the previous year.

Sonova

Sonova, the world's largest maker of hearing aids, said it will move more production sites out of Switzerland and freeze pay for its Swiss staff in the latest move by a Swiss firm to slash costs to deal with a surge in the franc.

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Indra

Spain's Indra said on Friday it had a net loss of 92 million euros in 2014 versus forecast of net profit of 112 million euros in Reuters poll.

Santander

Santander Holdings USA Inc has appointed a new chief executive who will work to fortify relationships between U.S. regulators and the unit of the Spanish banking giant, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing people close to the firm.

Iag

International Consolidated Airlines Group is to make "concrete proposals" to the Irish government next week to try and convince it to sell its 25 percent stake in Aer Lingus, the Sunday Business Post reported.

Bmw, Sixt

Carsharing service DriveNow, a joint venture of BMW and Sixt plans to expand outside of Germany to 15 cities in Europe and 10 in North America, DriveNow CEO Nico Gabriel told Wirtschafts Woche magazine.

Daimler

The carmaker expects a breakthrough in technology for self-driving cars by 2020, Die Welt daily cited Daimler manager Ralf Herrtwich as saying in its Monday edition.

Deutsche Bank

Services trade union Verdi has called a strike at Deutsche Bank's Postbank unit for Monday over pay and job guarantees, the latter a concern for the union amid talk Deutsche Bank may be planning a divestment of retail operations.

Airbus

Airbus Group Chief Executive Tom Enders has given the strongest hint yet that he may seek a new term as head of Europe's largest aerospace company, telling a French newspaper he does not feel ready for retirement when his mandate expires next year.

Hella

Auto parts maker Hella is considering buying small to medium sized companies to expand internationally, looking especially in the areas of electronics, spare parts distribution and specialist applications to broaden its technology spectrum, its chief executive told a German newspaper.

Porsche Se

Porsche Automobil Holding SE on Friday said the rising value of its stake in Volkswagen helped lift after tax earnings for 2014 to 3 billion euros.

Fiat Chrysler

COO Alberto Altavilla told Corriere della Sera on Sunday he expected the carmaker's business in EMEA to break even this year on the back of positive results in the last quarter of 2014. He said exports would absorb 40 percent of the area's production in 2018 when full capacity should be reached.

Major Macroeconomic Data/Events (Gmt) :

0700 GB Nationawide house prices Feb

0830 CH Manufacturing PMI Feb

0845 IT Manufacturing PMI Feb

0850 FR Manufacturing PMI Feb

0855 DE Manufacturing PMI Feb

0900 IT Unemployment rate Jan

0930 GB BoE Consumer Credit Jan

0930 GB Manufacturing PMI Feb

1000 EZ Inflation flash Feb

1330 US Core PCE Index Jan

1445 US Markit Manufacturing PMI final Feb

1500 US ISM Manufacturing PMI Feb > Asia stocks edge up on China rate cut, dollar at 11-yr high > Wall St ends down after data; posts strong gains for month > Nikkei rises to fresh 15-year high on weak yen, China rate cut > Bonds set for worst month since 2013 on hawkish Fed view > Dollar hits 11-year high, rises broadly after China rate cut > Gold hits 2-week high as rate cut seen spurring Chinese buying > London copper near highest in about 2 mths after China rate cut > Oil falls on supply concerns; pick-up in China manufacturing helps (Reporting by Francesco Canepa; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)

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