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Europe Factors-Shares seen rebounding, focus on commods

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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 STXEc1, Germany's DAX FDXc1 and France's
CAC 40 FCEc1 were up 1 to 1.2 percent. Financial spreadbetters earlier
expected Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE to open as much as 0.9 percent higher.
 Japan's Nikkei average .N225 rose 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 prices MCU3 climbed 1 percent
after reassuring comments from China's central bank about its plans to keep
monetary policy lose. Crude oil prices CLc1 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 300 .FTEU3 index 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 500                  .SPX    1,124.66      -0.04 %           -0.41 
 NIKKEI                  .N225    9,626.09       1.23 %          116.59 
 MSCI ASIA EX-JP .MIASJ0000PUS      516.67       1.05 %            5.39 
 EUR/USD                  EUR=      1.3122       0.35 %          0.0046 
 USD/JPY                  JPY=       85.67      -0.12 %         -0.1000 
 10-YR US TSY YLD    US10YT=RR       2.768         --              0.01 
 10-YR BUND YLD      EU10YT=RR       2.472         --             -0.01 
 SPOT GOLD                XAU=   $1,278.30       0.48 %           $6.10 
 US CRUDE                 CLc1      $74.80       0.31 %            0.20 
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 * 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]
 
 COMPANY NEWS
 
 CRUCELL CRCL.AS
 U.S. diversified health care company Johnson & Johnson JNJ.N is 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]
 
 SAP SAPG.DE
 Peer Oracle ORCL.O posted 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]
 
 TDC A/S TDC.CO
 Denmark's TDC A/S TDC.CO agreed 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]
 
 THYSSENKRUPP TKAG.DE
 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] 
 
 DAIMLER DAIGn.DE
 Lithium-ion battery maker A123 Systems AONE.O, 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] 
 
 EADS EAD.DE
 Peer Boeing Co BA.N said 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] 
 
 HOCHTIEF HOTG.DE ACS.MC
 Spanish builder ACS ACS.MC has 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]
 
 Q-CELLS QCEG.DE
 The company established a joint venture with ATS Automation ATA.TO for the
development of large-scale renewable energy projects in Ontario. [ID:nASA00QMH]
 CARREFOUR CARR.PA
 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]
 
 RENAULT RENA.PA
 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]
 
 TRUCK MAKERS
 Leading truck makers including Scania SCVb.ST, Volvo VOLVb.ST, Daimler
DAIGn.DE DAIGn.DE and MAN MANG.DE have been contacted by the UK's Office
of Fair Trading (OFT) as part of a probe into suspected cartel activity.
 
 GDF SUEZ GSZ.PA
 Italy's Acea ACE.MI has 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]
 
 LOTTOMATICA LTO.MI
 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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