LONDON, June 12 (Reuters) - European markets were seen opening lower on Friday, with the latest twists in Greece’s ongoing debt drama keeping investor confidence in check.
The aerospace sector was also on investors’ radar after a profit warning from Zodiac Aerospace, triggered by the cost of tackling aircraft seat manufacturing delays. Airline Lufthansa was also seen trading lower after a French prosecutor formally opened a criminal inquiry into the Germanwings plane crash in March.
Eurostoxx 50 futures were down 0.3 percent at 0649 GMT, while FTSE futures, DAX futures and CAC 40 futures were down 0.3 to 0.4 percent.
European stocks had already lost some of their gains in late trading on Thursday after the International Monetary Fund announced that its delegation had left negotiations over Greece in Brussels and flown home because of major differences with Athens.
Traders on Friday also pointed to a report in German newspaper Bild saying the German government was holding “concrete consultations” on what to do in case of a Greek bankruptcy.
Greece’s state minister Alexos Flabouraris said he still hoped for a deal on June 18, while European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the ball was in the Greek court if a deal was to be struck in the coming days.
Despite the twists and turns, equity investors “continue to assume that a compromise will be reached,” Deutsche Bank’s Nick Lawson wrote in a note to clients.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 remains up 14.4 percent so far this year and is set for its first weekly gain in three weeks. The index is down 5.8 percent from multi-year highs hit in April.
The miner said it was assessing an about $300 million non-cash impairment charge related to its shareholding in Energy Resources of Australia Ltd .
The aerospace supplier’s shares were seen falling by around 5 percent after a profit warning linked to seat manufacturing delays.
A French prosecutor on Thursday formally opened a criminal inquiry into the Germanwings plane crash in March that killed 150 people to investigate whether mistakes were made in monitoring the psychological health of the co-pilot.
Says it has hedged its 41.5 million share stake in activision blizzard, representing 5.7% of the company’s total common shares.
Woodford Investment Management sold out of French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi in May on valuation grounds, the money manager said on Thursday, and instead added several smaller firms to its main fund.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Promacta for the treatment of children aged six years and older with chronic immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) who have had an insufficient response to corticosteroids, immunoglobulins or splenectomy.
The German ATM maker is not interested in the company being bought, Handelsblatt reported, citing its chief executive.
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Reporting by Lionel Laurent