GREECE - Factors to Watch on December 15

ATHENS, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Here are news stories, press reports and events which may affect Greek financial markets on Wednesday: GREEK ANTI-AUSTERITY STRIKE TO PARALYSE TRANSPORT A nationwide general strike is expected to ground flights, shut down schools and paralyse public transport on Wednesday, the culmination of protests against austerity laws aimed at stemming a debt crisis. C.AGRICOLE TO SHUN DEALS, FOCUS ON GREECE French bank Credit Agricole is putting acquisitions on ice as it fights to stem losses at crisis-stricken Greek unit Emporiki and grow against a backdrop of economic uncertainty in Europe, its chief said. COKE BOTTLER CCH TO BUY OUT NIGERIAN SUBSIDIARY Greek Coke bottler Coca-Cola Hellenic (CCH) plans to buy out the Nigerian Bottling Company and turn it into a wholly-owned subsidiary in a $126 million deal, according to stock exchange filings on Tuesday. ECB FUNDING TO GREEK BANKS RISES 2.9 PCT M/M IN NOV ECB funding to Greek banks rose 2.9 percent at the end of November from the previous month, Greek central bank data showed on Tuesday. EU COMMISSION APPROVES EXTENSION OF GREEK RECAPITALISATION SCHEME FOR CREDIT INSTITUTIONS Greece won European Union regulatory approval on Tuesday to extend its recapitalisation scheme for financial institutions for another six months to June next year. PIRAEUS BANK RIGHTS ISSUE TO BE COMPLETED BY END JAN-DEPUTY CEO Piraeus Bank's deputy CEO reportedly said that the lender's 800-million-euro rights issue is expected to be completed by the end of January and that it is fully covered by foreign investment houses, financial daily Kerdos reported. OPAP SHARES TRADE EX 2010 INTERIM DIVIDEND OPAP shares trade without the right to a 2010 interim dividend of 0.46 euros per share, the Athens bourse said. EUROPE FACTORS-SHARES TO END 7-DAY WINNING RUN ON FED CAUTION European shares are set to edge lower in early trade on Wednesday after gains in seven straight sessions, with the U.S. Federal Reserve's sober assessment of the economy seen prompting investors to trade cautiously. ============================================================== DISCLAIMER - The content and accuracy of the information contained in company news releases published on this service is the responsibility of the originating company and not of Reuters. While Reuters makes every effort to verify with the company concerned that any news release is genuine, it does not perform any other checks to verify the content or accuracy of the information in question. For other related news, double click on: ---------------------------------------------------------- EUR Money Guide Greek Debt News Greek Equities Guide Greece's Debt Greek Economic Indicators Government Debt Greek Stock News Greek Money News Greek Exchange Info --------------------------------------------------------- Keywords: GREECE FACTORS/ (Reporting by Daphne Papadopoulou; +30210 3376469; fax +30210 3311829/39; e-mail: COPYRIGHT Copyright Thomson Reuters 2010. All rights reserved.

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