European Factors to Watch-UK FTSE seen outpacing weaker Europe markets at open
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LONDON, April 17 (Reuters) - Britain's top FTSE 100 equity index is seen outperforming rival continental European markets at the open, with UK mining stocks expected to be supported by a rise in the copper price.
Financial spreadbetters expected Britain's FTSE 100 to open up by 12-15 points, or 0.2 percent higher. Germany's DAX was seen opening down by 16-19 points, or 0.2 percent lower, and France's CAC 40 was seen opening unchanged to down by 4 points, or flat in percentage terms.
In spite of the mixed open expected for Europe's stock markets, the region's bourses remain multi-year peaks. Both the FTSE and DAX have set record highs this year, with new economic stimulus measures from the European Central Bank (ECB) helping to offset worries about Greece.
Greece's economic and political situation remains a concern for many investors, but the Athens stock market ended higher on Thursday after the country's Prime Minister told Reuteres that he was "firmly optimistic" about reaching an agreement with creditors by the end of April despite friction over issues such as pension and labour reforms.
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