17 de marzo de 2016 / 6:27 / hace 2 años

European Factors to Watch-Shares seen rising at open

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LONDON, March 17 (Reuters) - European stocks were seen opening higher on Thursday, as the U.S. Federal Reserve’s move to reduce the number of interest rate hikes expected for this year buoyed world stock markets.

Financial spreadbetters expected Britain’s FTSE 100 to open up by 29 points, or 0.5 percent higher. Germany’s DAX was seen up by 47 points, or 0.5 percent higher, and France’s CAC seen up by 17 points, or 0.4 percent higher.

The Federal Reserve held interest rates steady on Wednesday and indicated that moderate U.S. economic growth and “strong job gains” would allow it to tighten policy this year, with fresh projections showing policymakers expected two quarter-point hikes by the year’s end, half the number seen in December.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index had closed flat on Wednesday, with the index down by around 7 percent since the start of 2016.

COMPANY NEWS:

EVONIK /AIR PRODUCTS :

Industrial gas producer Air Products & Chemicals Inc is in advanced talks to sell its performance materials operations to Germany’s Evonik Industries AG, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.

HEIDELBERGCEMENT :

Germany’s HeidelbergCement hiked its dividend for 2015 by 73 percent after increasing its net profit by two thirds, and said it expected to close its 6.7 billion-euro ($7.5 billion) takeover of Italcementi in the course of the year.

LIBOR TRIAL:

Tom Hayes, the former trader serving an 11-year jail sentence for conspiracy to rig Libor interest rates, told a London court on Wednesday that he had paid for about half of his seven-bedroom country house with cash earned privately from spread-betting.

VIENNA INSURANCE :

Vienna Insurance Group aims to more than double its pretax profit in 2016 to up to 400 million euros ($449 million)from a preliminary 172 million last year, it said on Wednesday. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ > GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia jumps as cautious Fed lifts risk appetite, dollar on defensive > US STOCKS-Wall St closes at 2016 high as Fed signals fewer rate hikes > Nikkei turns down as stronger yen dents risk appetite > TREASURIES-U.S. yields fall after Fed cuts rate hike view > FOREX-Dollar nurses losses after Fed targets fewer hikes > PRECIOUS-Gold eases after strong rally, Fed eyes fewer rate hikes > METALS-Copper recaptures $5,000 as Fed tones down rate hike plan > Oil extends strong gains after supplier meeting agreed

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta

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