Europe Factors to Watch-Shares set to dip ahead of U.S. jobs data

viernes 6 de febrero de 2015 03:20 GYT
 

PARIS, Feb 6 (Reuters) - European stocks were set to dip on Friday, with
regional indexes pausing just below multi-year highs hit recently, as investors
awaited the U.S. non-farm payrolls report for January due later in the session.
    At 0719 GMT, futures for Euro STOXX 50, for Germany's DAX 
and for France's CAC were down 0.2-0.3 percent.
    Economists polled by Reuters expected U.S. employers to have taken on
234,000 workers in January, below December's increase of 252,000. The jobless
rate was expected to remain at a 6-1/2-year low of 5.6 percent, while average
hourly earnings were forecast to show a rise of 0.3 percent following the
previous month's fall of 0.2 percent. 
    "Traders will be hoping for a goldilocks number just above 200,000, showing
that the U.S. economy is ticking over nicely but not roaring ahead as to invoke
the Fed to start tightening," Capital Spreads trader Jonathan Sudaria wrote in a
note.
    Energy shares will be in focus on Friday as crude oil prices rose more than
2 percent, with Brent futures trading at $57.66 a barrel, continuing their
rebound from near-six-year lows hit last week. 
    Norwegian oil firm Statoil will be eyed after it cut its investment
budget on Friday and took big writedowns on the value of its assets due to
plunging crude oil prices, but maintained its dividend and promised a flat
dividend in the first three quarters of 2015. 
    
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  MARKET SNAPSHOT AT 0719 GMT:
                                         LAST   PCT CHG  NET CHG
 S&P 500                             2,062.52    1.03 %    21.01
 NIKKEI                               17648.5    0.82 %   143.88
 MSCI ASIA EX-JP                       482.59    0.12 %      0.6
 EUR/USD                               1.1454   -0.18 %  -0.0021
 USD/JPY                               117.24   -0.23 %  -0.2700
 10-YR US TSY YLD                       1.807        --    -0.01
 10-YR BUND YLD                         0.370        --    -0.01
 SPOT GOLD                          $1,267.30    0.23 %    $2.90
 US CRUDE                              $51.35    1.72 %     0.87
 
  > GLOBAL MARKETS-SHARES TREAD CAUTIOUSLY AHEAD OF U.S. PAYROLLS 
  > US STOCKS-WALL ST CLIMBS WITH ENERGY REBOUND, PFIZER DEAL 
  > NIKKEI RISES AFTER OIL PRICES GAIN; MARKET AWAITS US JOBS DATA 
  > TREASURIES-U.S. BOND PRICES FALL WITH EYES ON GREECE BEFORE PAYROLLS 
  > EURO PAUSES AFTER SHORT-COVERING BOUNCE, FOCUS ON U.S. JOBS DATA 
  > PRECIOUS-GOLD EYES WORST WEEK IN SEVEN AHEAD OF U.S. JOBS DATA 
  > COPPER HEADS FOR BIGGEST WEEKLY GAIN SINCE SEPT 2012; TRACKS OIL 
  > OIL EXTENDS RALLY, BUT SWELLING INVENTORY DRAGS 
    
    COMPANY NEWS:
    
    STATOIL 
    Norwegian oil firm Statoil cut its investment budget on Friday and took big
writedowns on the value of its assets due to plunging crude oil prices, but
maintained its dividend and promised a flat dividend in the first three quarters
of 2015. 
    
    TATE & LYLE 
    British ingredients company Tate & Lyle warned that its annual profits would
come in below the range it forecast in September, hit by a weak performance in
sweeteners in the third quarter. 
    
    ALCATEL-LUCENT 
    Telecom equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent ALUA.PA posted in-line fourth-quarter
sales despite a marked slowdown in its key North American market and better than
expected profit margins thanks to cost cuts. 
    
    ENI 
    The Italian oil and gas group Eni is working with Goldman Sachs on the
possible spinoff of its power and gas unit, two sources with knowledge of the
matter said on Thursday. 
    
    ENEL 
    Italy is preparing for another attempt at selling a stake in utility Enel
worth just shy of 2 billion euros ($2.3 billion) for stretched state coffers,
two sources close to the matter said. 
    
    AIRBUS 
Colombian airline group Avianca Holdings has placed a provisional
order for 100 Airbus A320neo-family aircraft, the European planemaker said on
Thursday. 
    
    ROCKET INTERNET AG 
    E-commerce investor and operating company Rocket Internet AG said on Friday
it had paid 496 million euros to acquire a 30 percent stake in Delivery Hero, a
food takeaway rival of Rocket's own Foodpanda delivery service. 
    
    UMICORE 
    Belgian specialty materials group Umicore UMI.BR said on Friday its annual
operating profit had fallen by some 10 percent, as metals prices dropped.
 
    
    ROYAL DUTCH SHELL 
    Union leaders rejected a sixth contract offer Royal Dutch Shell made to U.S.
refinery workers, and a pause in negotiations was called Thursday on the fifth
day of a strike, though talks are set to resume next week. 
    
    SHIRE 
    A panel of British lawmakers has accused drugmaker Shire and accountancy
firm PwC of extensive tax avoidance and urged the government to tighten
regulation of corporate tax advisers to curb the practice. 
    
    MOLESKINE 
    The company reported 2014 net sales of 98.7 million euros, up 13.1 percent
compared with the previous year at constant exchange rates. 
    
    ALLIANZ 
    Morningstar Inc said on Thursday its estimated net outflow for the Pimco
Total Return for January was $12.5 billion, or 9 percent of end-December assets
of $143.4 billion. 
    
    BILFINGER 
    The struggling German construction and services group has picked Per
Utnegaard to become chief executive of the group, newspaper Handelsblatt
reported on Thursday, citing unidentified sector sources. 
    
    STATOIL 
    The Norwegian energy firm reported fourth-quarter earnings below expectation
on Friday due to a string of one off charges but maintained its dividend, even
as the more than 50 percent fall in oil prices is draining its cash. 
    

 (Reporting by Blaise Robinson; Editing by Atul Prakash)