FRANKFURT, March 18 The DAX top-30 index looked set to open 0.1 percent lower on Tuesday, according to premarket data from brokerage Lang & Schwarz at 0717 GMT.
The following are some of the factors that may move German stocks:
Euro zone ministers urged Cyprus to let smaller savers escape a levy on bank deposits, before a parliamentary vote on Tuesday that will either secure the island's financial rescue or threaten default.
Indicated 2.6 percent lower
German daily Handelsblatt cited company sources as saying the steelmaker was preparing a capital increase, which will dilute the holdings of its main shareholder, the Krupp Foundation. ThyssenKrupp declined to comment.
Separately, the group's supervisory board is due to meet on Tuesday to officially elect former Henkel chief executive Ulrich Lehner as the new chairman.
Annual press conference. The group said last week fourth-quarter earnings before interest and tax at its auto business rose by a third to 2.08 billion euros on the back of higher car sales, beating forecasts.
Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb struck a deal to cooperate on promotion of the type 2 diabetes drug Glucophage under different formulations in China, Merck said.
Indicated 0.3 percent higher
The carmaker sharply pared its growth outlook in Brazil for this year, a senior executive said on Monday, adding that the pace of investments in local factories will hinge on sales in the coming months.
Indicated 0.2 percent lower
The company said late Monday that Bernd Kottmann, a former manager from IVG Immobilien, will become its new CEO, effective 16 April 2013.
Drillisch indicated 2.9 percent higher
Freenet indicated 0.5 percent lower
The company said it was selling about half of its 20.8 percent stake in Freenet to Bank of America.
Indicated 0.5 percent higher
The career-networking site said late Monday Neil Sunderland, supervisory board chairman, will step down after the AGM on May 24.
Indicated 0.9 percent lower
The heavy engine manufacturer said its 2012 earnings before interest and tax dropped 58 percent to 38.5 million euros, citing a weak economy, start-up costs for new projects as well as higher write-downs.
Indicated 2.5 percent higher
The group said its 2012 earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation rose 19 percent to 55 million euros after its acquisition of Bonita.
OVERSEAS STOCK MARKETS
Dow Jones -0.4 pct, S&P 500 -0.6 pct, Nasdaq -0.4 pct at Monday's close.
Nikkei +2 pct at Tuesday's close.
GERMAN ECONOMIC DATA
ZEW index for March due at 1000 GMT, with economic sentiment seen at 48.0 and current conditions at 6.0.
EUROPEAN FACTORS TO WATCH
REUTERS TOP NEWS (Reporting by Victoria Bryan and Maria Sheahan)