European Factors to Watch-Equity futures rise
* Updates futures prices, adds company news items
LONDON Feb 1 (Reuters) - European equity futures rose on Monday, buoyed by gains in most Asian markets although further signs of economic weakness in China and a fall in oil prices were set to keep markets under pressure.
Futures for the Euro STOXX 50, Germany's DAX, France's CAC and Britain's FTSE were all up by 0.1-0.5 percent.
Asian stocks started a new month on a cautious note on Monday, with the Bank of Japan's surprise policy easing sparking some buying, although Chinese shares fell.
Chinese shares stumbled lower on Monday after an official measure of activity in the giant factory sector fell to its lowest since mid-2012, offering no respite from the economic drift that has dogged markets for months.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index rose 2.3 percent on Friday but fell by some 6 percent over the course of January - its worst monthly drop at the start of a year since 2008.
The banking sector could be in focus after Barclays and Credit Suisse settled U.S. federal and state charges that they misled investors in their dark pools, while Banco Popolare said on Saturday it expected to agree a merger with Banca Popolare di Milano within a month.
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