UPDATE 2-European Factors to Watch-Shares seen up, focus on energy shares
(Adds futures, detail, company news) LONDON, Jan 30 (Reuters) - European shares were expected to open higher on Friday, headed for their best monthly performance in more than three years, with encouraging German retail sales data seen further improving market sentiment. Figures showed German retail sales posted their biggest yearly increase in 2.5 years in December by climbing 4.0 percent. The sales increased for a fifth consecutive year in 2014, rising by 1.4 percent in real terms. Futures for Germany's DAX were up 0.5 percent at 0725 GMT, while futures for the Euro STOXX 50 and France's CAC were up 0.5 percent and 0.4 percent respectively. The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares closed 0.1 percent lower at 1,473.19 points in the previous session. However, the index is up 7.6 percent this month, the best month in percentage terms since late 2011. The European market is expected to track U.S. stocks, which enjoyed a late afternoon rally on Thursday and closed 0.98 to 1.31 percent higher as an upturn in oil prices and a rally in Apple and Boeing shares helped offset some disappointing earnings and lingering questions over U.S. monetary policy. However, energy shares will be in focus again after oil prices dipped and analysts said the outlook remained weak, with production high and producers reducing operating costs to adjust to lower export revenues. MAJOR MACROECONOMIC DATA/EVENTS (GMT) : 0700 DE Retail Sales 0745 FR Consumer Spending 0930 GB Mortgage Lending 1000 EZ Unemployment, Inflation 1330 US GDP Advance 1445 US Chicago PMI 1500 US Univ Mich Sentiment ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ MARKET SNAPSHOT AT 0655 GMT LAST PCT CHG NET CHG S&P 500 2,021.25 0.95 % 19.09 NIKKEI 17674.39 0.39 % 68.17 MSCI ASIA EX-JP 474.98 -0.24 % -1.15 EUR/USD 1.133 0.1 % 0.0011 USD/JPY 117.87 -0.33 % -0.3900 10-YR US TSY YLD 1.738 -- -0.02 10-YR BUND YLD 0.354 -- -0.01 SPOT GOLD $1,260.20 0.29 % $3.70 US CRUDE $44.52 -0.02 % -0.01 > ASIAN SHARES EDGE UP AFTER WALL STREET GAINS > WALL ST FINISHES HIGHER IN AFTERNOON RALLY AS OIL GAINS > NIKKEI RISES AFTER WALL STREET GAINS; CORPORATE EARNINGS BUOY MOOD > BOND PRICES BACK UP ON STRONG JOBLESS DATA > COMMODITY CURRENCIES FEEL HEAT; DOLLAR, YEN, EURO STABLE > GOLD RISES AFTER SLIDE, EYES BEST MONTH IN NEARLY A YEAR > LME COPPER SET FOR LONGEST WEEKLY LOSING STREAK SINCE 2008 > OIL PRICES SLIP AS OUTPUT REMAINS HIGH, PRODUCERS SLASH COSTS COMPANY NEWS MONTE DEI PASCHI DI SIENA Troubled Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena is considering raising the size of a planned capital increase to around 3.5 billion euros ($4 billion), one billion euros more than initially planned, two sources close to the matter said on Thursday. ALTRAN French IT services group Altran Technologies reports 2014 revenue of 1.76 billion euros, up 7.6 percent year on year. The group said it was confident that its performance in 2014 will be in line with the targets set out in the 2012-2015 strategic plan. CAIXABANK Spain's third-biggest lender Caixabank on Friday said its 2014 net profit almost doubled compared to a year ago, though it missed forecasts after booking payments made to the country's deposit guarantee fund. BT BT has agreed a new plan to pay down its ballooning pension deficit and signed off on an upgrade of its fibre network, putting its finances in order ahead of a key football rights auction and a deal to buy mobile network EE. EURAZEO The GoGo Squeez fruit puree maker Materne turned down European investment company Eurazeo' s offer to buy it at 800 million euros ($906 million) last year, Bloomberg reported citing sources familiar with the matter. IAG Qatar Airways said on Friday it had bought a 9.99 percent stake in International Airlines Group, the owner of its partners British Airways and Iberia in the oneworld alliance. ROYAL DUTCH SHELL Lead industry negotiator Royal Dutch Shell said on Thursday it was "optimistic" a new three-year agreement could be reached with a union representing hourly workers at 63 U.S. refineries that account for two-thirds of U.S. refining capacity. ROCHE A major analysis of one of the world's most fiercely disputed medicines, Roche's Tamiflu, has found it cuts flu symptoms by a day and can help some patients avoid hospital treatment and complications. SAINT-GOBAIN Sika said on Friday that investors, who together hold over 40 percent of the share capital, have expressly stated their support for course adopted by board of directors and the group management. Sika's management and board is seeking to derail a sale of the Swiss chemicals company to French building materials company Saint-Gobain. NOVO NORDISK The Danish drug maker, the most valuable listed company in the Nordic region, maintained its financial guidance for 2015, giving a more detailed number for its sales growth, after a stronger fourth quarter than expected. TELE2 The Swedish telecom operator posted fourth-quarter core earnings slightly below expectations and said it expected largely flat sales and earnings in 2015 but promising higher dividends ahead. BANCO BPI Portugal's second-largest listed bank, Banco BPI, posted on Thursday a surprise net loss in the last quarter of 2014 due to one-off charges, but its CEO said the results would not affect its capacity to vie for rival Novo Banco. FONCIERE DES REGIONS The French property group bought two portfolios in Berlin, Dresden and Leipzip for 221 million euros ($251 million). In total, these acquisitions offer an immediate yield of 5.2 percent. LAGARDERE France's Lagardère has joined the race to acquire a majority of Italy's airport retailer World Duty Free, which belongs to the Benetton family, sources familiar with the situation said. EDF French utility EDF expects the first of two nuclear reactors under construction in China, which have been subject to repeated delays, to be completed at the end of this year. AIRBUS Airbus Group will have to pay penalties to European governments for the latest delays and technical problems with its A400M military transporter, its chief executive said on Thursday. DEUTSCHE BANK German regulator BaFin is reviewing whether Germany's largest lender should have pre-released fourth quarter results, because profits deviated significantly from analyst estimates, Handelsblatt said, citing the regulator. E.ON The company has filed a complaint with Germany's Constitutional Court, rejecting a 2014 law that banned transporting re-processed nuclear waste to a central storage site at Gorleben and stipulating it be stored at sites near nuclear reactors instead, Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported, citing company sources. (Reporting by Atul Prakash; Editing by Alistair Smout)
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