European Factors to Watch-Shares seen steady at open, Greece still in focus

miércoles 24 de junio de 2015 02:37 GYT
 

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LONDON, June 24 (Reuters) - European stocks were seen opening steady on Wednesday, consolidating gains made in the previous two session as investors await signs of any more concrete developments in talks over Greece's debt problems.

Germany's DAX futures rose 0.1 percent, although futures on the euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 futures, France's CAC futures and Britain's FTSE 100 futures slipped 0.1 percent lower.

Greece's leftwing government expressed confidence on Tuesday that parliament would approve a debt deal with lenders, despite an angry reaction from some of its own lawmakers who accused it of caving in to pressure for more austerity.

Euro zone leaders have said that new budget proposals from Athens on Monday were a basis for further negotiations to unlock billions of euros in frozen aid and avert a default next week that could lead to a Greek exit from the single currency area.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index had reached a three-week high on Tuesday on growing expectations that Greece was getting closer to a debt deal, with more talks due over the course of this week. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ > GLOBAL MARKETS-Japan shares clear 18-year peak, dollar firm > US STOCKS-Wall St edges up in quiet session; Nasdaq ends at record > > TREASURIES-Prices fall on Greece optimism, rate comments by Fed's Powell > FOREX-Dollar near 1-week high, rate hike view back in focus > PRECIOUS-Gold drops to 1-week low as stocks rally, dollar firms > METALS-London copper slips on profit-taking, Greece in focus > Oil prices edge up on stronger demand, uncertainty over Iran deal

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