European Factors to Watch-European equity futures rise
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LONDON May 5 (Reuters) - European equity futures rose on Thursday, marking a slight stabilisation after sharp falls on the region's stock markets in previous sessions that had pushed a key index down to its lowest level in nearly four weeks.
Financial spreadbetters at IG expected Britain's FTSE 100 to open up by 25 points, or 0.4 percent higher, while Germany's DAX was seen up by 0.4 percent, or 38 points higher.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index fell 1.2 percent on Wednesday, closing at its lowest level in nearly four weeks.
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