PARIS, Oct 9 (Reuters) - European stocks are set to inch higher on Tuesday,halting the previous session's sell-off as expectations mount of furtherstimulus measures from China, although gains could be limited by broad worriesover global growth and on whether or not Spain will request a bailout.
At 0630 GMT, futures for Euro STOXX 50
, for Germany's DAXand for France's CACwere up 0.2-0.5 percent.
China's central bank injected 265 billion yuan ($42.15 billion) into thecountry's money markets via reverse bond repurchase agreements on Tuesdaymorning in a bid to bring money market rates down and boost growth, whiletraders also mentioned speculation about big infrastructure investments.
"There is talk that China could soon unveil massive investments to revivegrowth. With the deterioration in the data we've been seeing lately, they willprobably do something and they have the firepower to do something big," aParis-based trader said.
Investors were kept on edge, however, with the IMF saying the globaleconomic slowdown is worsening as it cut its growth forecasts for the secondtime since April and warned U.S. and European policymakers that failure to fixtheir economic ills would prolong the slump.
On the euro zone front, Greek Finance Minster Yannis Stournaras saidinternational lenders are considering giving Greece two more years to reach itsbudget deficit reduction targets, and the extra time could be financed withoutmore money.
Spain will be in focus on Tuesday after German Finance Minister WolfgangSchaeuble said as he arrived at a euro zone finance minister on Monday thatMadrid was not asking for help and did not need it, a message reiterated byother ministers.
Shares in European financial market operators will be in the spotlight asGermany and France are stepping up a diplomatic drive to convince more EUcountries to join them in setting up a financial transactions tax.
Investors were also bracing for the earnings season, to be kicked off onTuesday by U.S. aluminium major Alcoa
Analysts forecast third-quarter earnings of Wall Street's S&P 500
companies to fall 2.3 percent from the year-ago quarter, according to Reutersdata, which would be the first drop in U.S. quarterly earnings in three years.
According to the data, 91 companies in the S&P 500 have issued negativeoutlooks versus 21 positive pre-announcements, for a ratio of 4.3, the weakestshowing since the third quarter of 2001.
"This has many investors nervous and questioning whether stocks can pushhigher in this environment, particularly after such strong gains over theprevious three months," IG Markets analyst Cameron Peacock wrote in a note.
The S&P 500
has gained 5.8 percent in the third quarter, while theeuro zone's blue chip Euro STOXX 50
index surged 8.4 percent overthe same period.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------MARKET SNAPSHOT AT 0634 GMTLAST PCT CHG NET CHGS&P 5001,455.88 -0.35 % -5.05NIKKEI8,769.59 -1.06 % -93.71MSCI ASIA EX-JP519.33 0.38 % 1.99EUR/USD1.2983 0.11 % 0.0014USD/JPY78.35 0.04 % 0.030010-YR US TSY YLD1.708 -- -0.0410-YR BUND YLD1.494 -- 0.02SPOT GOLD$1,775.64 0.08 % $1.35US CRUDE$90.10 0.86 % 0.77
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COMPANY NEWS:ERICSSON, STMICRO
The controlling shareholders of wireless chip venture ST-Ericsson in Augusthired JP Morgan to explore strategic options for the loss-making joint venture,which could include finding a new partner or breaking it up, daily Les Echossaid on Tuesday. ST-Ericsson is a 50-50 joint venture between Sweden's Ericsson
and France's STMicro.FINANCIAL MARKET OPERATORS
Germany and France will step up a diplomatic drive on Tuesday to convincemore EU countries to join them in setting up a financial transactions tax, butthey remain stubbornly short of the nine needed to push ahead with the plan.
Greece, Portugal, Austria, Slovenia and Belgium have agreed to join Berlinand Paris in the endeavour, and Estonia is expected to sign up on Tuesday, butone more is required to reach the threshold to put the initiative into action.
Britain is prepared to explore the possibility of France and Germany bothhaving equal, single-digit stakes in any merger between the defence firm and BAESystems
, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said on Monday.
Investors in EADS and BAE Systems are increasingly frustrated at thepolitical wrangling over their proposed, $45-billion merger, concerned they arebeing frozen out of the decision-making and are unable to run their numbers.
Barclays will buy the deposits, mortgages and business assets of ING DirectUK valued at more than 11 billion pounds ($17.63 billion), the British bank saidin a statement on Tuesday.
BP's billionaire partners in TNK-BP
, Russia's third-biggest oilproducer, said they could sell or list their 50 percent stake in the business,plunging the venture's plans into further confusion, the Financial Timesreported on Tuesday.
The top global miner said it plans to cut an undisclosed number of jobs iniron ore, its biggest and most profitable business, as it tries to cope withweaker demand and prices, higher costs and a strong Australian dollar.
Swiss fragrance and flavour maker Givaudan confirmed its mid-term goals onTuesday as third quarter sales came in at the high end of expectations, helpedby a positive currency impact and growth in emerging markets.
Swiss private bank Julius Baer will cut up to around 1,000 jobs as a resultof its purchase of part of Bank of America Merrill Lynch's
wealthmanagement business.PSA PEUGEOT CITROEN
The car maker's restructuring is an "internal matter", the Frenchautomaker's chief executive told reporters during a factory visit by industryminister Arnaud Montebourg. Philippe Varin's comment on Monday was a rebuff forMontebourg who had said he would wring concessions from the carmaker in talks onits restructuring - Peugeot plans to cut 8,000 jobs and close an assembly plant.
Germany's biggest outbreak of food poisoning, in which more than 11,000schoolchildren have been laid low by diarrhoea and vomiting, is "very likely" tohave been caused by a batch of frozen strawberries received from a subcontractorof the French catering firm, authorities said on Friday.
The luxury goods company's Chief Executive Patrick Thomas told the WallStreet Journal that it remains optimistic about the Chinese market and issticking to a slow expansion plan there aimed at not diluting its brand. Hermesplans to invest "tens of millions of euros" in the coming years to developboutique label Shang Xia, Thomas was quoted as saying.
Europe's largest carmaker said group sales increased 10.6 percent during thefirst nine months to 6.80 million vehicles.
(Reporting by Blaise Robinson; Editing by Christian Plumb/Sudip Kar-Gupta)
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