European Factors to Watch-Equity futures rise with ECB in focus
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LONDON, April 21 (Reuters) - European equity futures rose on Thursday, with many investors focusing on a European Central Bank (ECB) meeting later in the day at which ECB President Mario Draghi is likely to drive home the case for ultra-loose monetary policy.
Futures on the Euro STOXX 50, Germany's DAX, France's CAC and Britain's FTSE were all up between 0.3-0.5 percent.
The ECB is widely expected to hold interest rates unchanged at record lows, but Draghi is likely to reinforce his support for its current ultra-loose monetary policy measures, which have provided an element of support for European stocks even in the face of weak European and global economic data.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index closed up 0.5 percent on Wednesday, although the index remains down around 4 percent so far in 2016.
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