German stocks - Factors to watch on April 30

FRANKFURT, April 30 Wed Apr 30, 2014 2:25am EDT

FRANKFURT, April 30 (Reuters) - The DAX top-30 index looked set to open 0.2 percent lower on Wednesday, according to premarket data from brokerage Lang & Schwarz at 0615 GMT.

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

ALLIANZ

Indicated 0.1 percent lower

Pimco's new global equity chief plans a first batch of new hires that could see her investment team grow by half as the U.S. bond powerhouse boosts its stock offering - and one of those running money will be her.

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BAYER

Indicated 2.1 percent lower

Bayer is offering to swap its animal health assets with Merck & Co's consumer healthcare business, people familiar with the matter said late on Tuesday, in a move that could give the German drugmaker a leg up in the $14 billion auction of the Merck business.

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DAIMLER

Indicated 1 percent higher

Daimler's adjusted first-quarter operating profit more than doubled thanks to a 14 percent rise in sales of Mercedes-Benz cars, which saw margins shoot up due to a raft of new cars and demand in China and the United States

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DEUTSCHE BANK

Indicated 0.3 percent lower

Standard & Poor's late on Tuesday revised its outlook for 15 banks including Deutsche Bank to negative.

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SIEMENS

Indicated 0.3 percent higher

Rolls-Royce confirmed late on Tuesday that it was in talks to sell its energy gas turbine and compressor business to Siemens. Sources had told Reuters Siemens was considering paying just under 1 billion euros ($1.4 billion) for a unit.

The board of French trains-to-turbines maker Alstom said it would review a binding offer from General Electric for its energy business by the end of May and left the door open for a competing bid from Siemens

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KRONES

Indicated 0.1 percent higher

The bottling machine maker posted an 11.2 percent rise in first quarter net profit, in line with analysts' expectations, mainly due to efficiency gains and increasing worldwide demand for packaged beverages and food.

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OSRAM

No indication available

The lighting maker reported a 17 percent gain in quarterly core operating profit, helped by an ongoing restructuring programme.

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RATIONAL

Indicated 4.5 percent lower

The company affirmed its 2014 outlook for modest sales and earnings growth after its first-quarter EBIT fell to 20.7 million euros from 24.7 million.

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RHOEN-KLINIKUM

Indicated 1.1 percent lower

Full Q4 results due. The hospitals chain on March 13 published preliminary results and stuck with its 2015 outlook for an EBITDA of 145-155 million euros.

Separately, the company said late on Tuesday it planned to return almost 1.7 billion euros to shareholders by buying back shares or paying a special dividend.

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CANCOM

Indicated 0.9 percent lower

The company said HP has chosen the company's AHP Private Cloud architecture for the client virtualisation component of its Enterprise Service for small and medium sized enterprises, without providing financial details.

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NEMETSCHEK

Indicated 1.5 percent higher

The company said it was on track to reach its 2014 targets after posting a 22.3 percent gain in first-quarter EBITDA.

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PSI

Indicated 0.3 percent lower

Q1 results. Operating result seen down 1.4 percent to 2.07 million euros. Poll

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AIR BERLIN

Indicated 0.2 percent higher

To publish full 2013 results.

Separately, Air France will sign a codeshare with Air Berlin in the coming weeks, the French airline's CEO said.

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DEUTSCHE ANNINGTON

No indication available

The company confirmed its 2014 outlook and said FFO 1 rose 26 pct in the first quarter.

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SHW AG

No indication available

Confirmed its outlook as it reported first quarter EBITDA of 8.8 million euros on sales up 24 percent.

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SURTECO

Indicated 0.9 percent lower

The company said it expects its sales and operating profit to rise significantly this year after the full consolidation of recent acquisition Sueddekor.

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VOSSLOH

Indicated unchanged

Q1 results due. EBIT seen down 29 percent at 6.9 million euros. Poll

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS

E.ON - 0.60 eur/shr dividend proposed

MUNICH RE - 7.25 eur/shr dividend proposed

DUERR - 1.45 eur/shr dividend proposed

GERRESHEIMER - 0.70 eur/shr dividend proposed

RATIONAL - 6.00 eur/shr dividend proposed

SGL CARBON - no dividend proposed

EX-DIVIDEND

BAYER - dividend 2.10 eur/shr

LUFTHANSA - dividend 0.45 eur/shr

DELTICOM - dividend 0.50 eur/shr

ENBW - dividend 0.69 eur/shr

OVERSEAS STOCK MARKETS

Dow Jones up 0.5 pct, S&P 500 up 0.5 pct, Nasdaq up 0.7 pct at Tuesday's close.

Nikkei up 0.1 pct at Wednesday's close.

GERMAN ECONOMIC DATA

German March retail sales -0.7 pct m/m, -1.9 pct y/y in real terms.

Also, April jobless figures due at 0755 GMT. Total non-seasonally adjusted jobless number seen at 3.0 million. Seasonally adjusted change seen at -10,000, with jobless rate at 6.7 pct.

Seasonally adjusted ILO employment was +37,000 in March, according to the Federal Statistics Office.

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REUTERS TOP NEWS ($1 = 0.7237 Euros) (Reporting by Maria Sheahan and Victoria Bryan)