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German stocks - Factors to watch on October 9

FRANKFURT, Oct 9 (Reuters) - The DAX top-30 indexlooked set to open 0.3 percent higher on Tuesday, according topremarket data from brokerage Lang & Schwarz at 0619 GMT.

The following are some of the factors that may move Germanstocks:

VOLKSWAGEN Indicated 0.4 percent higher

Europe's largest carmaker said group sales increased 10.6percent during the first nine months to 6.80 million vehicles.

Related news DEUTSCHE BANK , COMMERZBANK Deutsche Bank indicated 0.3 percent higher Commerzbank indicated unchanged

Germany's markets regulator signalled support for theproposals of an EU advisory group led by Bank of FinlandGovernor Erkki Liikanen, which called last week for banks'deposit-taking business to be legally separated from higher-riskactivities.

Separately, German financial watchdog Bafin's chief ElkeKoenig said on German television she believed that centralisedEuropean banking supervision could be up and running by January2014, instead of the planned date of Jan. 1, 2013.

Related news DEUTSCHE BOERSE Indicated 0.2 percent higher

The exchange operator said it bought back corporate bondstotalling 309 million euros ($400.7 million), financed to alarge extent through the issue of a corporate bond concluded onOct. 5.

Related news DOUGLAS HOLDING Indicated unchanged

Sales of the retailer edged up by 1.7 percent as demand forjewellery offset shrinking revenue from books and clothing.

Related news EADS Indicated 0.1 percent lower in Frankfurt

Britain is prepared to explore the possibility of France andGermany both having equal, single-digit stakes in any mergerbetween defence firms EADS and BAE Systems , UKDefence Secretary Philip Hammond said on Monday.

Related news SUEDZUCKER Indicated 0.8 percent higher

The sugar producer's unit CropEnergies affirmedits outlook after posting a second-quarter net profit that roseto 15.1 million euros from 8.8 million a year earlier.

Related news OVERSEAS STOCK MARKETS

Dow Jones -0.2 pct, S&P 500 -0.4 pct, Nasdaq

-0.8 pct at Monday's close.

Nikkei -1.1 pct at Tuesday's close. ANALYSTS' VIEWS

METRO - Barclays cuts the stock to "equal weight"from "overweight" and lowers its target price to 23 euros from32 euros. Separately, DZ Bank lowered the fair value on thestock to 23 euros from 25.60 euros and kept its "hold" rating.

TALANX

The German insurer said Deutsche Bank fullyexercised the greenshoe option of about 2.7 million shares,translating to another 50 million euros from the overallotment.This brought the total size of the IPO to 817 million euros whenincluding the 300 million subordinated bond held by Meiji Yasudaand converted into Talanx shares at the IPO price.

Related news EURO ZONE

International lenders are considering giving Greece two moreyears to reach its budget deficit reduction targets, and theextra time could be financed without more money from the eurozone, Greek Finance Minster Yannis Stournaras said.

Related news EUROPEAN FACTORS TO WATCH DIARIES REUTERS TOP NEWS($1 = 0.7711 euros)

(Reporting By Christiaan Hetzner and Maria Sheahan)

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Keywords: GERMANY MARKETS STOCKS