European Factors to Watch-Shares seen steady in shortened session

miércoles 31 de diciembre de 2014 03:04 GYT
 

LONDON Dec 31 (Reuters) - European stock markets were expected to be steady at the open on Wednesday in a shortened trading session, with many of the region's markets either closed or having only a half-day.

France's CAC futures were up by 0.4 percent, while spreadbetters at Spreadex and CMC Markets saw Britain's FTSE 100 opening flat to up by 6 points. Germany's DAX equity index was closed on Wednesday, having ended down 1.2 percent on Tuesday.

Energy shares could come under pressure again after Brent crude oil prices dropped towards $57 a barrel on Wednesday as weak Chinese manufacturing data and demand concerns outweighed supply disruptions in Libya. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ > GLOBAL MARKETS-CHINA STOCKS TOP PERFORMERS IN 2014, OIL PLUNGES, DOLLAR SEES BEST GAIN IN 9 YEARS > US STOCKS-WALL ST PULLS BACK FROM RECORD; UTILITIES SLUMP > TREASURIES-PRICES GAIN AS STOCKS FALL; GREEK WORRIES REMAIN > FOREX -DOLLAR TOP PERFORMER AMONG MAJOR CURRENCIES IN 2014 > PRECIOUS-GOLD EXTENDS GAINS, POISED TO END 2014 LARGELY FLAT > METALS-COPPER HOLDS FIRM BUT ON COURSE FOR WORST YEAR IN THREE > BRENT FALLS TOWARDS $57 AS DEMAND CONCERNS OUTWEIGH SUPPLY DISRUPTION

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