European Factors to Watch-European shares seen steady at open
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LONDON Dec 24 (Reuters) - European shares were expected to be steady at the open on Thursday, with the region's stock markets set to be propped up by gains on Asian and U.S. stock markets.
Futures for Britain's FTSE 100 edged down by 0.1 percent while France's CAC futures rose 0.1 percent, with most European markets having a half-day of trading for the Christmas holiday season.
Asian shares climbed to 2-1/2 week highs on Thursday, heartened by gains on Wall Street and a recovery in crude oil prices in thin trading ahead of the Christmas holiday.
European shares had surged on Wednesday, boosted by gains in commodities stocks on the back of stronger metals and crude oil prices and signs of more economic stimulus measures in China, the world's largest metals consumer.
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