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LONDON, Sept 17 (Reuters) - European shares are expected to bounce back on Friday after recent declines, mirroring gains in Asian equities, with a rise in commodity prices seen providing support to energy and mining stocks.
Futures for the STOXX Europe 50, Germany's DAX and France's CAC 40 were up 1 to 1.2 percent. Financial spreadbetters earlier expected Britain's FTSE 100 to open as much as 0.9 percent higher.
Japan's Nikkei averagerose more than 1 percent, helped by a weaker yen after Japan's massive yen-selling this week, but gains were kept in check as investors watched if there would be further currency intervention.
"Despite this upside, gold remains in demand with the price hovering just below yesterday's push to new all-time highs, once again suggesting that there's still a degree of nervousness in the market and further volatility will of course be on the cards with the options expiry due early in the UK session," Ben Potter, research analyst at IG Markets, wrote in a note.
Commodity shares will be in focus as copper pricesclimbed 1 percent after reassuring comments from China's central bank about its plans to keep monetary policy lose. Crude oil prices rose 0.4 percent.
U.S. stocks were little changed on Thursday as mixed economic data and a cautious forecast from economic bellwether FedEx kept the market locked in its recent tight trading range.
The FTSEurofirst 300index of top European shares ended 0.8 percent lower on Thursday to hit its lowest closing level in a week, pressured by an unexpected fall in British retail sales in August for the first time in seven months.
Investors will keep an eye on U.S. consumer prices data for August, due at 1230 GMT, and the preliminary reading of September Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment, scheduled for 1355 GMT.
----------------------MARKET SNAPSHOT AT 0622 GMT----------------------
LAST PCT CHG NET CHG
S&P 5001,124.66 -0.04 % -0.41
NIKKEI9,626.09 1.23 % 116.59
MSCI ASIA EX-JP516.67 1.05 % 5.39
EUR/USD1.3122 0.35 % 0.0046
USD/JPY85.67 -0.12 % -0.1000
10-YR US TSY YLD2.768 -- 0.01
10-YR BUND YLD2.472 -- -0.01
SPOT GOLD$1,278.30 0.48 % $6.10
US CRUDE$74.80 0.31 % 0.20
* Global stocks try 3rd week of gains; yen steady [ID:nSGE68G02O]
* Wall St stays in tight range on mixed data [ID:nN16247337]
* Nikkei rises 0.8 pct, eyes on currency market [ID:nTOE68G024]
* Bonds edge lower in Asia after stocks rally, US data [ID:nTOE68G03K]
* Dollar steady vs yen but market wary of intervention [ID:nTOE68G01R]
* Copper gains after China c.bank reassures on loose policy [ID:nSGE68G051]
* Gold steady on econ worries; dlr support [ID:nSGE68G03U]
* Oil heads for weekly drop ahead of pipe restart [ID:nSGE68G02I]
U.S. diversified health care company Johnson & Johnsonis in advanced talks to pay 1.75 billion euros ($2.3 billion) for the shares in Dutch biotech company Crucell it does not already own. [ID:nLDE68G076]
Peer Oracleposted a 25 percent surge in software sales, that sharply beat forecasts, and a pickup in its new hardware business, underscoring robust tech spending by corporations. [ID:nN16154992]
Denmark's TDC A/Sagreed to sell its Swiss unit Sunrise Communications AG to funds advised by private equity firm CVC Capital Partners for 3.3 billion Swiss francs ($3.3 billion), TDC said on Friday. [ID:nLDE68G05Z]
Greece has clinched a deal to transfer Germany-based ThyssenKrupp's 75.1 percent stake in Hellenic Shipyards (HSY) to shipbuilder Abu Dhabi MAR group (ADM), the Defence Ministry said on Thursday. [ID:nLDE68F25O]
Lithium-ion battery maker A123 Systems, which has speeded up its growth plans three times in the past year, said on Thursday it has production and development deals with German automaker Daimler AG. [ID:nN16126116]
Peer Boeing Cosaid on Thursday it will boost production of its best-selling 737 aircraft to 38 a month in the second quarter of 2013, the third rate increase for the popular airliner announced this year. [ID:nN16251887]
Spanish builder ACShas no plans to raise its offer for its German affiliate Hochtief even though it is a nil-premium bid, ACS Chief Executive Angel Altozano told Reuters on Thursday. [ID:nN16194052] [ID:nLDE68F0BO]
The company established a joint venture with ATS Automationfor the development of large-scale renewable energy projects in Ontario. [ID:nASA00QMH]
The world's No.2 retailer unveiled a 1.5 billion-euro revamp of its European hypermarkets as part of a turnaround plan it hopes will more than double profits by 2015. [ID:nLDE68D0W0]
The carmaker, which said in July it expected Europe's car market to contract by 7 to 9 percent in 2010, now expects a decline closer to 7 percent, as the end of subsidies have hit sales less than feared, Chief Operating Officer Patrick Pelata said. [ID:nLDE68F2CU]
Leading truck makers including Scania, Volvo , Daimler and MAN have been contacted by the UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) as part of a probe into suspected cartel activity.
Italy's Aceahas reached an agreement with the French utility over their Italian joint venture which will strengthen the French group's power generation presence in Italy, the companies said. [ID:nLDE68F1HM]
The betting company is considering the issue of a hybrid bond of around 500 million euros, sources told Reuters on Thursday. [ID:nWEA8509]
(Reporting by Atul Prakash)
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