January 17, 2019 / 5:55 AM / a month ago

German stocks - Factors to watch on Jan. 17

BERLIN, Jan 17 (Reuters) - The following are some of the factors that may move German stocks on Thursday:

DEUTSCHE BANK COMMERZBANK

European bank regulators do not think Germany’s two largest banks, Deutsche and Commerzbank, should merge, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said.

BANKING

German financial regulator BaFin aims to look into whether banks grant loans to mid-sized companies too freely, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported.

INDUSTRIALS

Germany’s BDI industry association is due to hold a news conference on the German economy. Topics to be covered include the impact on the German economy of Brexit and the tough global economic environment.

TELECOMS

The German government is actively considering stricter security requirements and other ways to exclude China’s Huawei Technologies from a buildout of 5G mobile networks, Handelsblatt newspaper reported.

SIEMENS

The German government views a proposed merger of France’s Alstom and Siemens’ rail business as important for securing the competitiveness of the European rail industry, a government spokesman said.

BEIERSDORF

Preliminary group results for 2018 due

METRO

Christmas quarter trading statement due

QIAGEN

Qiagen on Wednesday said it received approval for EGFR test in lung cancer as companion diagnostic in Japan.

OVERSEAS STOCK MARKETS

Dow Jones +0.6 pct, S&P 500 +0.2 pct, Nasdaq +0.2 pct at close.

Nikkei -0.2 pct, Shanghai stocks +0.3 pct.

Time: 5:51 GMT.

GERMAN ECONOMIC DATA

No major economic data scheduled.

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