European Factors to Watch-Shares seen slightly lower

miércoles 27 de enero de 2016 02:16 GYT

LONDON Jan 27 (Reuters) - European stocks were seen opening slightly lower on Wednesday, tracking losses on Asian markets, while technology stocks could be in focus after Apple forecast its first revenue drop in 13 years.

Financial spreadbetters at IG expected Britain's FTSE 100 to open down by 11 points, or 0.2 percent lower. Germany's DAX was seen down by 30 points, or 0.3 percent lower, while France's CAC was seen down by 11 points, or 0.3 percent lower.

Apple Inc predicted its first revenue drop in 13 years and reported the slowest-ever increase in iPhone shipments as the critical Chinese market showed signs of weakening, suggesting the technology company's period of exponential growth may be ending.

The update from Apple could impact European chipmaker stocks such as ARM , Dialog and ASML, which typically provide components used in iPhones.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index rose 0.9 percent on Tuesday, helped by a rebound in oil prices although crude oil futures prices fell back again on Wednesday. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ > GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian stocks struggle as headwinds grow; gold shines > US STOCKS-Oil fuels 'schizophrenic' rebound on Wall Street > Nikkei rebounds to 1 1/2 week high on Wall St gains > TREASURIES-Bond prices rise on dovish Fed concerns, recovering oil > FOREX-Dollar awaits Fed outcome, Aussie firmer after inflation data > PRECIOUS-Gold near 12-week high as dollar slips ahead of Fed statement > METALS-London copper slips as traders eye Fed; China imports support > Oil falls around 2 pct as profit-taking kicks in (Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta)