LONDON Jan 23 Financial spreadbetters predicted
European shares to rise on Wednesday, with a major index seen
advancing towards its recent 22-month high on expectations of a
solid earnings season and an extension of the U.S. debt limit.
Britain's FTSE 100 is likely to open 22 to 25 points
higher, or as much as 0.4 percent, Germany's DAX to
rise 19 to 24 points, or as much as 0.3 percent, and France's
CAC 40 is expected to gain 12 to 15 points, or as much
as 0.4 percent.
The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares
closed 0.1 percent lower at 1,165.49 points on Tuesday, but
hovers just 5 points below its 22-month peak scaled this month.
It is up nearly 23 percent from a low in June last year.