European Factors to Watch-Equity futures little changed
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MILAN, March 3 (Reuters) - European shares were seen steadying at the open on Thursday following five straight sessions of gains, after Asia and Wall Street rose overnight, helped by a rally in crude oil prices.
Futures on the euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50, Germany's DAX , France's CAC and Britain's FTSE were trading between flat and up 0.1 percent by 0740 GMT.
Asian shares were bound for a third straight session of gains on Thursday as upbeat data on U.S. jobs and a rally in a range of commodities whetted risk appetites globally.
On Wednesday, the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index rose 0.7 percent after a volatile day, helped late in the session by oil prices reversing initial losses which were triggered by a huge build in U.S. crude stockpiles.