February 19, 2018 / 7:21 AM / a year ago

LIVE MARKETS-Europe's early morning headlines roundup

    * European shares seen higher
    * Wall St closed for holiday

    Feb 19 (Reuters) - Welcome to the home for real time coverage of European equity markets
brought to you by Reuters stocks reporters and anchored today by Danilo Masoni. Reach him on
Messenger to share your thoughts on market moves: danilo.masoni.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net
Reckitt Benckiser Targeting 13-14 Pct Total Revenue Growth For 2018
U.S. FDA approves AstraZeneca's immunotherapy for lung cancer
Acacia Mining says valuing Tanzania mines for possible sale
BP plans no Azeri platform shutdowns in 2018, eyes more investment
Britain's financial watchdog refuses to publish report on RBS
Novartis readies to auction U.S. generic pills business -sources
SoftBank seeks Swiss Re board seats as talks advance - FT
Software may have helped Daimler pass U.S. emissions tests - report
Siemens rival GE exploring industrial gas engine business sale -sources
Airbus sees initial details of Franco-German fighter in 2nd half 2018
German carmakers in a spin ahead of diesel ban ruling
Adler Real Estate buys stake in Brack Capital     
Chanel, Farfetch pair up for digital push at fashion label's stores
France to broaden scope of veto over foreign takeovers - PM
GTT core profit slips, but sees recovery in 2018
Gabon seizes Veolia's SEEG water and power unit
Euronext's FY core profit rises 4.9 pct    
Rai Way submits joint bid for Telecom Italia unit Persidera
Italy's Safilo to appoint Unilever executive to replace Delgado as CEO    
Aker ASA raises 2017 dividend to NOK 18/share as net asset value jumps
Global dividends hit record of $1.25 trln in 2017, more to come

    European stock index futures are up slightly, confirming earlier indications from financial
spreadbetters for a positive start of the week. Today's session may see reduced activity due to
the holiday closure on Wall Street.
    DAX futures were leading the advance, up 0.5 percent, as you can see in the snapshot:    
    (Danilo Masoni)
    Good morning and welcome to Live Markets. 
    European shares are seen opening higher today following strong gains on Friday when
continued strength in company updates helped the pan-European STOXX 600 snap a
three-week losing.
     Over in Asia, shares gained, joining a global recovery for equity markets as sentiment
improved gradually from a recent shakeout that stemmed from fears of creeping inflation and
higher borrowing costs. 
     Financial spreadbetters expect London's FTSE to open 12 points higher at 7,306.4,
Frankfurt's DAX to open 95 points higher at 12,545.5 and Paris' CAC to open 23
points higher at 5,305
    (Danilo Masoni)

 (Reporting by Danilo Masoni, Helen Reid, Kit Rees and Julien Ponthus)
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