German stocks - Factors to watch on April 4

FRANKFURT, April 4 Fri Apr 4, 2014 2:19am EDT

FRANKFURT, April 4 (Reuters) - The DAX top-30 index looked set to open unchanged on Friday, according to premarket data from brokerage Lang & Schwarz at 0618 GMT.

The following are some of the factors that may move German stocks:

COMMERZBANK

Indicated unchanged

Commerzbank subsidiary mBank, Poland's fourth largest bank, is to seek a partner for its insurance arm, launching a process that could include an eventual sale of the business, it said on Thursday.

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DEUTSCHE LUFTHANSA

Indicated 0.3 percent lower

Final day of a three day pilots' strike that has seen the cancellation of 3,800 flights and is costing the airline tens of millions of euros.

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FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE

Indicated 0.8 percent lower

The world's largest dialysis company Fresenius Medical Care expects its ongoing cost cutting programme to yield annual efficiency gains of $300 million from 2017, it said on Thursday.

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SIEMENS

Indicated unchanged

The group is considering further acquisitions in the field of IT, an executive told Handelsblatt.

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AIR BERLIN

Indicated 0.5 percent higher

The European Commission has launched a formal investigation into whether Etihad Airway's stake in Air Berlin is compliant with European law, Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported, citing a spokesman for the European Commission.

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS

HENKEL - 1.22 eur per preferred share dividend proposed

ANALYSTS' VIEWS

TALANX - JP Morgan raises to "overweight" from "neutral"

OVERSEAS STOCK MARKETS

Dow Jones flat, S&P 500 -0.1 pct, Nasdaq -0.9 pct at Thursday's close.

Nikkei -0.1 pct at Friday's close.

GERMAN ECONOMIC DATA

German industrial orders for February up 0.6 pct m/m vs 0.1 pct rise in Reuters poll.

EUROPEAN FACTORS TO WATCH

DIARIES

REUTERS TOP NEWS (Reporting by Victoria Bryan and Christoph Steitz)

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