European Factors to Watch-Equity futures rise
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LONDON, March 17 (Reuters) - European equity futures rose 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.
Futures on the Euro STOXX 50, Germany's DAX, France's CAC and Britain's FTSE were all up by between 0.5-0.8 percent.
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.
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