European Factors to Watch-Shares expected to be steady at open
(Updates futures prices, company news items)
LONDON Dec 30 (Reuters) - European stocks were seen steady at the open on Wednesday, although a pullback in oil prices could weigh on the shares of energy companies.
Futures on the Euro STOXX 50 and German DAX indexes both rose 0.2 percent. Futures on Britain's FTSE 100 were flat while futures on France's CAC slipped down by 0.2 percent.
Crude oil futures fell around half a dollar early on Wednesday as the market remained under pressure from slowing demand and high supplies, while forecasts that a cold snap in Europe and the United States would be short-lived also hurt prices.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index closed up 1.5 percent on Tuesday, helped partly by a rise in banking shares.
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