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GREECE - Factors to Watch on October 9

ATHENS, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Here are news stories, pressreports and events, which may affect Greek financial markets onTuesday:

EURO ZONE, IMF MULL 2-YEAR EXTENSION FOR GREEK BAILOUT-GREEKFINMIN

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.

BRAVING PROTESTS, MERKEL TO OFFER ENCOURAGEMENT IN ATHENS

German Chancellor Angela Merkel flies into the heart ofEurope's debt crisis on Tuesday, facing protests by angry Greeksto bring a message of support to a near-bankrupt nation fightingto stay in the euro.

GREECE CONFOUNDS EURO ZONE, SPAIN NOT SEEN SEEKING BAILOUT

Euro zone finance ministers and the International MonetaryFund held a "thorough and robust" debate on Greece on Monday,but failed to make significant progress in deciding how best toget the country back on track with its bailout programme.

GREECE'S NBG TO SEEK SHAREHOLDER APPROVAL FOR EUROBANK BID

National Bank of Greece

, Greece's largest lender,on Monday called a shareholder meeting for Oct. 30, seeking agreen light for its proposed acquisition of Eurobank

via a share swap.

The merger of the two banks is estimated to be concludedwithin the first quarter of 2013, financial daily Kathimerinireported.

GREECE TO AUCTION 1.0 BLN EUR T-BILLS

Greece will auction 1.0 billion euros of six-month T-billson Tuesday, according to the country's debt agency PDMA.

STATISTICS AUTHORITY TO RELEASE SEPT CONSUMER INFLATION

Greece's statistics authority is expected to releaseheadline and harmonized consumer inflation for September.

EUROPEAN FACTORS TO WATCH-SHARES SET TO HALT SELL-OFF

European stocks are set to inch higher on Tuesday,halting the previous session's sell-off as expectations mount offurther stimulus measures from China, although gains could belimited by broad worries over global growth and on whether ornot Spain will request a bailout.

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