9 de enero de 2015 / 15:38 / en 3 años

Slide in Santander, oil set up European shares for weekly loss

* FTSEurofirst 300 down 1.1 pct , eyes weekly loss

* Santander slides after capital increase, dividend cut

* Euro zone banks fall as ECB stimulus optimism cools

By Francesco Canepa and Lionel Laurent

LONDON, Jan 9 (Reuters) - European shares were poised to post a loss in the first full trading week of 2015, weighed down by a slide in banks, led by Spain’s Santander after its capital increase, and oil companies.

Relief after stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs data proved short-lived as the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index dipped back late on Friday to trade 1.1 percent lower at 1,353.60 points at 1529 GMT. It was down 0.7 percent from last Friday’s close.

Euro zone banks, down 5.2 percent, continued to weigh as expectations of a bond-buying programme from the European Central Bank cooled and heavyweight Santander slid over 13 percent after announcing a capital increase and dividend cut.

Traders said the discounted price of Santander’s capital increase had hurt the stock, though some analysts said the move would pay off.

“This was a needed capital rebuild that addresses a known issue,” Goldman Sachs analysts wrote in a note to clients.

The broader sector was under pressure as sources close to the discussions told Reuters that an ECB bond-buying programme may see national central banks buy some of the bonds, and set a ballpark figure for the overall size of the programme at 500 billion euros ($590 billion).

Energy stocks, down 1.5 percent, also weighed as oil prices headed for a seventh straight weekly loss, slipping back towards $50 a barrel on Friday as key producers show no sign of cutting output in the face of a supply glut.

The market had briefly cut its losses earlier after data showed U.S. job growth increased briskly in December, further strengthening the economy’s fundamentals.

“If you’re at all nervous about the U.S. economy, in terms of its effect on trading partners in Germany and the like, the answer is unquestionably at this point that it is doing just fine,” said Dan Greenhaus, chief strategist at BTIG.

European bourses in 2014: link.reuters.com/pap87v

Asset performance in 2014: link.reuters.com/gap87v

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$1 = 0.8485 euros Reporting by Francesco Canepa; Editing by Mark Trevelyan

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