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GREECE - Factors to Watch on October 9

ATHENS, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Here are news stories, press reports and events, which may affect Greek financial markets on Tuesday:

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

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

BRAVING PROTESTS, MERKEL TO OFFER ENCOURAGEMENT IN ATHENS

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

GREECE CONFOUNDS EURO ZONE, SPAIN NOT SEEN SEEKING BAILOUT

Euro zone finance ministers and the International Monetary Fund held a "thorough and robust" debate on Greece on Monday, but failed to make significant progress in deciding how best to get 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 a green light for its proposed acquisition of Eurobank

via a share swap.

The merger of the two banks is estimated to be concluded within the first quarter of 2013, financial daily Kathimerini reported.

GREECE TO AUCTION 1.0 BLN EUR T-BILLS

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

STATISTICS AUTHORITY TO RELEASE SEPT CONSUMER INFLATION

Greece's statistics authority is expected to release headline 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 of further stimulus measures from China, although gains could be limited by broad worries over global growth and on whether or not Spain will request a bailout.

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