European Factors to Watch-Futures point to higher open
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MILAN Nov 19 (Reuters) - European stocks shares were expected to open higher on Thursday, following gains in Asia and at Wall Street overnight, helped by indications from the Federal Reserve that the U.S. economy is strong enough to justify a rate hike.
France's CAC futures rose 0.94 percent by 0704 GMT. Germany's DAX futures was up 0.80 percent and the Euro STOXX 50 futures rose almost 0.82 percent while Britain's FTSE 100 futures added 0.57 percent.
Financial spreadbetters expected Britain's FTSE 100 to open 28 points higher, or 0.45 percent, Germany's DAX to open 98 points higher, or 0.89 percent, and France's CAC 40 to open 43 points higher, or 0.88 percent.
Asian shares jumped on Thursday and the dollar backed off highs on expectations the Federal Reserve would be confident enough of the U.S. economy to raise rates in December but would then proceed with great caution on further tightening.
Heightened security jitters were not seen as having a meaningful negative impact on the market. On Wednesday, the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index ended down 0.2 percent while the euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index fell 0.6 percent.