European Factors to Watch-Shares head for steady open in thin trading
(Updates futures prices, adds company news)
LONDON Dec 28 (Reuters) - European stock index futures pointed to a steady open on Monday, with trading volumes expected to be thin because of a public holiday in the United Kingdom.
Futures for the Euro STOXX 50, Germany's DAX and French CAC were flat to 0.1 percent higher by 0734 GMT.
Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index, which ended 0.2 percent higher on Thursday, remains closed on Monday. In continental Europe, Spain's IBEX finished 0.4 percent higher, while the CAC fell 0.2 percent a day before the Christmas holiday.
Asian stocks dipped on Monday amid a lack of immediate directional cues in light year-end trade, although Japanese shares managed to rise following a rebound in crude oil prices from multiple-year lows.
The company expects sourcing costs to rise by half a billion euros in 2016 due to negative currency effects, CFO Robin Stalker told Boersen-Zeitung, adding he was very happy about business in 2015.