European Factors to Watch-Shares set to consolidate after strong week
(Adds detail, quote, company news) EDINBURGH, July 7 (Reuters) - European stocks were seen steady to slightly higher on Monday, consolidating after a week which saw a key index post its biggest rise since March. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 rose 1.7 percent last week, its biggest rise in over three months, boosted by robust growth in U.S. employment and further signs of support from the European Central Bank. The gains saw the index rebound towards 6-1/2 year highs and retrace the previous week's losses, when it had snapped a 10-week winning streak. Financial spreadbetters expected Britain's FTSE 100 to open 1 point higher, or flat in percentage terms, Germany's DAX to open 9 points higher, or up 0.1 percent, and France's CAC 40 to open up 3 to 4 points, or 0.1 percent higher. Any gains on Monday will help recoup some of the previous session's losses, after FTSEurofirst 300 slipped by 0.3 percent to 1,394.15 points on Friday, having risen for the previous three days in a row to hover near 2008 highs. "Last week was a stellar week for global equities, underpinned by some impressive jobs data out of the US, a pickup in global manufacturing activity and ECB comments," Stan Shamu, market strategist at IG, said in a note. "The major bourses are facing a relatively flat to mildly firmer open (on Monday). This could be because equities are due for a recovery after the weakness we saw on Friday." Europe bourses in 2014: (link.reuters.com/pad95v) Asset performance in 2014: (link.reuters.com/rav46v) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ MARKET SNAPSHOT AT 0540 GMT: LAST PCT CHG NET CHG S&P 500 1,985.44 0.55 % 10.82 NIKKEI 15404.26 -0.21 % -32.87 MSCI ASIA EX-JP 501.18 0.06 % 0.3 EUR/USD 1.3581 -0.09 % -0.0012 USD/JPY 102.10 0 % 0.0000 10-YR US TSY YLD 2.656 -- 0.01 10-YR BUND YLD 1.259 -- -0.01 SPOT GOLD $1,312.86 -0.54 % -$7.19 US CRUDE $103.93 -0.12 % -0.13 > GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares ease as investors look to earnings > US STOCKS-Dow tops 17,000, S&P 500 at record as jobs jump > Nikkei near 5-1/2-month high, helped by pension buying hopes > TREASURIES-U.S. bond yields up after strong U.S. jobs data > FOREX-Dollar stays firm in the wake of jobs-inspired rally > PRECIOUS-Gold slips as strong equities, data dent appeal > METALS-London copper steady, buttressed by tight supply > Brent trades near 3-wk low just above $110 COMPANY NEWS BASF Europe could eventually get a tenth of its power needs via shale gas fracking, if it can overcome reservations such as those voiced in recommendations from two German cabinet ministers, the EU's energy commissioner said. 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ENI, ENEL The government is considering accelerating the sale of stakes in Eni and Enel in order to keep the revenues from its privatisation plans on track, Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said in a newspaper interview on Sunday. Il Messaggero said on Saturday in an unsourced report the treasury is ready to cut its Eni stake to below 30 percent and may decide to sell 5-7 percent on the market soon, perhaps already in September. Contacted by Reuters a treasury spokesman declined to comment on the report. MEDIASET Spanish telecoms company Telefonica is in talks to buy a stake in Mediaset's Italian pay-TV business, two people familiar with the situation said on Saturday. Telefonica agreed on Friday to buy the 22 percent stake held by Mediaset in Spanish pay-TV firm Canal + in a deal worth up to 365 million euros. TELIASONERA TELE2 Swedish telecom operator Tele2 said it had agreed to sell its Norwegian business to peer TeliaSonera for 5.1 billion Swedish crowns ($744 million). Tele2 said in a statement the deal would mean a capital gain of approximately 2 billion crowns. In a separate statement, TeliaSonera said the transaction would increase its mobile market share in Norway to 40 percent from 23 percent and lead to cost synergies of at least 800 million crowns per year from 2016. For more on the companies, click on (Reporting by Alistair Smout; Editing by Prateek Chatterjee)
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