European Factors to Watch-Shares set to resume rally

jueves 9 de abril de 2015 02:54 GYT

PARIS, April 9 (Reuters) - European stocks were set to rise on Thursday,
resuming their rally helped by a recent batch of merger and acquisition (M&A)
deals, with the auto sector eyed after data showed Western European auto sales
rose 10.7 percent last month.
    Robust German data also lifted the mood, with the country's
seasonally-adjusted exports rising 1.5 percent on the month after dipping by 2.1
percent in January. 
    At 0751 GMT, futures for Euro STOXX 50, for Germany's DAX 
and for France's CAC were up 0.3 percent.  
    According to industry figures published late on Wednesday, the auto sector's
recovery broadened to France, while Spain, Italy and Portugal recorded
double-digit sales growth again as they recover from a steep demand collapse
following the 2008 financial crisis. 
    Investors were also digesting minutes from a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting
which indicated that the central bank remained on track for a interest rate hike
this year. 
    "The minutes did show us that members were split three ways between a
potential lift off in June, and a lift off in September with at least two
favouring a delay until 2016, which suggests that the consensus needed for a
change in policy still remains some way off," Michael Hewson, chief market
analyst at CMC Markets, wrote in a note.
    Kicking off the U.S. earnings season on Wednesday, Alcoa Inc swung to
a profit in the first quarter, beating market expectations, but its revenue
lagged analysts' estimates, sending its shares down more than 3 percent in
after-market trading.
    First-quarter S&P 500 earnings are projected to have declined by 2.8 percent
from a year ago -- which would make the quarter the worst for results since the
third quarter of 2009 -- hurt by the surging dollar, falling oil prices and
another severe winter. 
                                         LAST   PCT CHG  NET CHG
 S&P 500                             2,081.90    0.27 %     5.57
 NIKKEI                              19937.72    0.75 %   147.91
 MSCI ASIA EX-JP                       506.68    0.75 %     3.76
 EUR/USD                               1.0765   -0.13 %  -0.0014
 USD/JPY                               120.24     0.1 %   0.1200
 10-YR US TSY YLD                       1.904        --     0.01
 10-YR BUND YLD                         0.167        --     0.00
 SPOT GOLD                          $1,195.00   -0.62 %   -$7.40
 US CRUDE                              $50.95    1.05 %     0.53
  > GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks up, dollar supported by Fed minutes 
  > US STOCKS-Wall St ends with modest gains after Fed minutes 
  > Nikkei rises to 15-year high on foreign buying hopes; 20,000 in sight 
  > Short-term yields rise as Fed on track to raise rates this year 
  > FOREX-Dollar extends gains as hawks hear hike in Fed talk 
  > PRECIOUS-Gold falls on renewed bets for U.S. rate rise in June 
  > METALS-Aluminium drops on prospect of cheaper power in China 
  > Oil edges back from 6 pct fall, but outlook weak 
    Western European auto sales rose 10.7 percent in March as a regional
recovery broadened to France, according to industry data published on Wednesday,
with Spain, Italy and Portugal still recording double-digit sales growth as they
recover from a steep demand collapse following the 2008 financial crisis.
    Evidence is mounting that widely-used pesticides harm moths, butterflies and
birds as well as bees, adding to concerns crop production could be hit by a
shortage of pollinators, according to a report drawn up for EU policymakers. The
makers most affected include Bayer CropScience and Syngenta. 
    Lafarge and Holcim have appointed long-time Lafarge executive Eric Olsen as
the chief executive of their combined company once their merger is completed,
the two groups said in a statement on Thursday. 
    The French media group reached a deal with activist U.S. hedge fund P.
Schoenfeld Asset Management (PSAM) to increase payouts to investors, heading off
a conflict ahead of its shareholder meeting later this month. 
    U.S. network gear maker Infinera said on Thursday it was offering
to buy Transmode for about 3 billion Swedish crowns ($345 mln) in cash and
shares in a bid to acquire optical network technology and broaden its geographic
    The firm's second-quarter operating profit beat analysts' expectations, and
the Danish food ingredients maker stuck to its outlook for the full year.
    The airplane maker plans to offer airlines more choice in the way they
configure their planes, and sees carriers opting for different levels of comfort
within their economy cabins, a senior Airbus executive said on Wednesday.
    Parts of the Taishan 1 and 2 nuclear reactors under construction in China
were made by the same manufacturer that supplied the reactor vessel of EDF's EPR
in Normandy where anomalies were found, French nuclear watchdog ASN said.
    French prosecutors said they were dropping an inquiry into alleged insider
trading by several executives at French bank BNP Paribas after finding no signs
of wrongdoing. 
    India and France should be able to make progress in talks over the purchase
of Rafale fighter jets, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in an interview
with French newspaper Le Figaro. 
    The shopping mall operator said it issued an eight-year, 750 million euro
bond maturing April 17, 2023. Klepierre also launched a tender offer for cash on
a 500 million euro bond issued by Corio N.V. maturing in January 2018.

 (Reporting by Blaise Robinson; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)