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European Factors to Watch-Shares seen tracking Asia higher

LONDON, April 22 (Reuters) - European shares were seen opening slightly higher on Wednesday, a day dominated by results from top firms including Tesco and Roche, following stimulus-fuelled equity gains in Asia and a drop in oil prices after Saudi Arabia ended its military campaign in Yemen.

At 0631 GMT, EuroSTOXX futures were up 0.3 percent, DAX futures were up 0.3 percent and CAC 40 futures were up 0.3 percent. FTSE futures were flat.

Top companies reporting results or sales updates included Tesco and Switzerland's Roche and Richemont. Tesco reported its worst-ever loss, Roche reported a 3 percent rise in quarterly sales and Richemont said full-year profit would drop by more than one-third after losses on financial instruments including derivatives.

The dominance of high-speed trading strategies on financial markets was also back in the news, with the U.S. Justice Department's announcement of the arrest of a high-frequency trader in the United Kingdom over charges he manipulated the futures market and played a role in sparking the May 2010 "flash crash".

And at a time when Greece's ongoing stalemate with international creditors is rippling through credit markets and Athens shares, European Central Bank Executive Board Member Benoit Coeure told Greek newspaper Kathimerini that the ECB would continue to provide liquidity to Greece's banks as long as they remain solvent and have sufficient collateral.

COMPANIES:

TESCO

Britain's biggest retailer posted the worst annual loss in its 96-year history on Wednesday after writing down the value of its stores by 4.7 billion pounds ($7.02 billion).

ROCHE

The world's biggest maker of cancer drugs reported a 3 percent rise in sales in the first quarter on Wednesday, with growth held back by a strong Swiss franc.

RICHEMONT

The luxury goods firm said its full-year profit would drop by more than one-third and its tax rate would rise considerably after losses on financial instruments including derivatives.

KERING

Gucci posted a bigger than expected drop in first-quarter sales, which it blamed on a transition period as its flagship brand works to regain momentum under a new creative and management duo.

VOLVO

Sweden's biggest company by sales said it had appointed the head of Volkswagen-owned Scania as its new top executive, replacing the embattled Olof Persson who for nearly four years led a sweeping efficiency drive at the global truck maker.

DEUTSCHE BANK

U.S. and UK officials are preparing to announce a settlement with Deutsche Bank as soon as Thursday over allegations that it tried to rig benchmark interest rates like Libor, two sources with knowledge of the matter said.

HEINEKEN

The brewer said it kept its full-year outlook and reported organic revenue rise of 2.2 percent.

AIRBUS

Poland said on Tuesday it would buy Raytheon Co's Patriot missiles from the United States and provisionally selected French Airbus Group helicopters as it speeds up the modernization of its military amid tensions with Russia.

SAFRAN

The aerospace company reported a 14 percent rise in first-quarter revenue on Wednesday and said it was very happy with the progress of the new LEAP engine, being developed for Boeing and Airbus jets.

ZODIAC

The aerospace supplier posted a 32 percent drop in first-half current operating profit on Wednesday following a slump in earnings at its aircraft seats business and pledged to bring an end to delays in seat production by the end of the year.

BHP BILLITON

The miner said on Wednesday it would delay an expansion of its iron ore output to 290 million tonnes a year, becoming the first big miner to slow a planned production increase amid a plunge in prices.

BP

The energy group is seeking buyers for as much as $2 billion of U.S. pipelines and storage terminals, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

OSRAM

Germany's Osram plans to transfer its 2 billion euro ($2.5 billion) general lamps business into an independent legal structure, paving the way for a possible spin-off or sale and allowing it to focus on automotive lighting and components.

PUMA

Kering says Puma first quarter sales rose 13 percent to 825 million euros, an increase of 4.5 percent on a comparable basis, and expects similar sales growth in the second quarter.

ASML

The semiconductor equipment supplier said it had agreed to deliver 15 next-generation EU systems to major U.S. customers.

TELEKOM AUSTRIA

The telecoms firm reported first-quarter revenue and operating income above expectations and kept its 2015 revenue forecast of around 2 percent growth.

ADP, VINCI

A consortium of ADP, Vinci and Astaldi has won a tender to operate Santiago International Airport, in Chile, for 20 years from October.

ATOS

The IT services company confirmed its goals for 2015 as it posted a 17.6 percent rise in first-quarter revenue to 2.427 billion euros. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ > Japan stocks at 15-yr peak, oil down as Saudi ends Yemen air campaign > Earnings cloud drags down Dow; Nasdaq gains on biotech M&A > Nikkei hits 15-year highs as financials, large-cap shares attract bids > U.S. bond prices slip with eyes on Greece > Euro pressured, Aussie up as inflation data cools rate cut talk > Gold slips as dollar firms; Greek debt crisis eyed > Copper listless amid weaker than expected China demand > Oil prices drop as Middle East tension ease

Reporting by Lionel Laurent

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