European Factors to Watch-Shares seen lower at open
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LONDON Dec 18 (Reuters) - European stocks were seen opening lower on Friday, tracking falls in Asian and U.S. equity markets and settling back after a surge higher in the previous session.
Financial spreadbetters expected Britain's FTSE 100 to open down by 17-22 points, or 0.3-0.4 percent lower. Germany's DAX was seen down by 79-86 points, or 0.8 percent lower, while France's CAC was expected to fall by 22-25 points, or 0.5 percent lower.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index had closed up 1.3 percent on Thursday as investors took the U.S. Federal Reserve's interest rate rise and the prospect of further tightening as a sign of confidence in the world's biggest economy.
However, weak oil and metals prices have put pressure on stock markets in spite of the Fed's decision to raise rates.
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