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    The following are some of the factors that may move German stocks on Friday: DEUTSCHE BANK. The bank's executives are due to present strategic options to the supervisory board.

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    LONDON, April 24 (Reuters) - Financial spreadbetters expected Britain's FTSE 100 to open 21 points higher, or up 0.3 percent, Germany's DAX to open up 73 points or 0.6 percent higher, and France's CAC 40 to open 19 to 21 points higher, or up as much as 0.4 percent. MAJOR EUROPEAN COMPANIES REPORTING: Air Liquide SA Q1 2015 Air Liquide SA Corporate Sales Release Suez Environnement Company Q1 2015 Suez Environnement SA Company SA Earnings Release AstraZeneca PLC Q1 2015 AstraZeneca PLC Earnings Release Electrolux AB Q1 2015 Electrolux AB Earnings Release Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC Q1 2015 Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC Trading Statement Release Spectris PLC Spectris PLC Trading Statement Release Banco de Sabadell SA Q1 2015 Banco de Sabadell SA Earnings Release Yara International ASA Q1 2015 Yara International ASA Earnings Release Neste Oil Oyj Q1 2015 Neste Oil Oyj Earnings Release Caverion Oyj Q1 2015 Caverion Oyj Earnings Release Kemira Oyj Q1 2015 Kemira Oyj Earnings Release MAJOR U.S. COMPANIES REPORTING : State Street Corp Q1 2015 State Street Corp Earnings Release Barnes Group Inc Q1 2015 Barnes Group Inc Earnings Release American Airlines Q1 2015 American Airlines Group Inc Group Inc Earnings Release First Niagara Q1 2015 First Niagara Financial Group Financial Group Inc Inc Earnings Release Provident Financial Q1 2015 Provident Financial Services Inc Services Inc Earnings Release Biogen Inc Q1 2015 Biogen Idec Inc Earnings Release JMP Group Inc Q1 2015 JMP Group Inc Earnings Release Westmoreland Q1 2015 Westmoreland Resource Partners Resource Partners LP LP Earnings Release IMS Health Holdings Q1 2015 IMS Health Holdings Inc Earnings Inc Release Xerox Corp Q1 2015 Xerox Corporation Earnings Release MAJOR MACROECONOMIC DATA/EVENTS (GMT) : 0800 DE Ifo Business Climate, Current Conditions, Expectations 1230 US Durable Goods 1430 US ECRI Weekly ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ MARKET SNAPSHOT AT 0513 GMT: LAST PCT CHG NET CHG S&P 500 2,112.93 0.24 % 4.97 NIKKEI 20042.68 -0.72 % -144.97 MSCI ASIA EX-JP 516.61 0.09 % 0.49 EUR/USD 1.0808 -0.15 % -0.0016 USD/JPY 119.51 -0.04 % -0.0500 10-YR US TSY YLD 1.954 -- 0.01 10-YR BUND YLD 0.164 -- 0.00 SPOT GOLD $1,191.35 -0.19 % -$2.25 US CRUDE $57.39 -0.61 % -0.35 > GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares take cue from Nasdaq record > US STOCKS-Nasdaq sets closing record > Nikkei poised to snap 3-day winning streak; oil stocks gain > TREASURIES-U.S. bond market rebounds on weak data, Greece > FOREX-Dollar slips on home data, euro climbs on Greek hopes > PRECIOUS-Soft U.S. data supports gold, but set for weekly dip > METALS-Copper rises in step with stronger equities, oil > Oil prices edge down from 2015-highs, but set for weekly gains (Reporting by Alistair Smout)

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    Japanese government bond yields hit multi-month lows on Friday as the Bank of Japan's regular debt-buying operation and firmer U.S. Treasuries lifted market sentiment. The two-year JGB yield fell 1 basis point to -0.015 percent, a three-month low. The central bank regularly buys debt from the market as part of its extensive quantitative easing scheme.

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    * Energy-related and brokerage shares outperform * Kao tumbles as Q1 earnings slump * Free trade pact in focus next week By Ayai Tomisawa TOKYO, April 24 - Japan's Nikkei share average looked poised to snap a three-day winning streak on Friday as investors took profits, although energy-related shares outperformed on a rise in crude oil prices and brokers were in favour on strong earnings prospe...

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    Hong Kong stocks bounced modestly higher Friday morning following a mild retreat in the previous day, though the Shanghai market pulled back from its latest seven-year closing high. The Hang Seng Index advanced 0.3%, while the Shanghai Composite Index retreated by 0.8%. In Hong Kong, energy shares gained, after benchmark crude- oil futures settled at their highest levels of the year.

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    Australian stocks rocked some solid gains in early Friday trading, driven in large part by an upward lurch in many of the major resource shares. The S&P/ASX 200 was up 1.1% about an hour into the session, with further recovery in the iron-ore spot price stoking powerful advances for BC Iron Ltd., Mt. Gibson Iron Ltd., Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. and Arrium Ltd..

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    After a string of gains that propelled the Nikkei Stock Average back above 20,000 for the first time in a decade and a half, Tokyo stock traders turned cautious Friday, with the Nikkei Average down 0.4% and the broader Topix 0.2% lower as some money came off the table. The pause from recent gains-- which has put the benchmark index up almost 5% for the month-- came as earnings season kicked off, and with Golden Week holiday period set to begin next week. It also coincided with a modest rise in...

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    * Spreadbetters see bright openings for European markets. * Sentiment lifted as Nasdaq surpasses 2000 dot.com record. * Nikkei ends down, but still logs 1.9 pct weekly gain. * Dollar sticks to recent ranges after uninspiring U.S. data. * Euro slips but off lows on hopes of Greek debt progress. By Lisa Twaronite.

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    The dollar nursed losses early on Friday after yet more underwhelming U.S. economic news, while signs that cash-strapped Greece was making tentative progress in securing fresh funding helped underpin a broad rally in the euro.

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    * Canadian dollar at C$1.2146, or 82.33 U.S. cents * Bond prices mixed across the maturity curve By Alastair Sharp TORONTO, April 23 - The Canadian dollar strengthened against its U.S. counterpart on Thursday, as weak U.S. economic data hurt the greenback and a rally in the price of crude helped the loonie.

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    HONG KONG-- Chinese power-equipment maker Baoding Tianwei Group made history this week, becoming the first-ever Chinese government-owned company to default on its debt. The news came just one day after another milestone, in which Kaisa Group Holdings (KAISF) became the first Chinese real- estate developer to default on a U.S.-dollar-denominated bond. But it was the Tianwei case that holds far greater implications for Chinese markets: State-owned enterprises such as Tianwei are...

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    By Joseph Adinolfi, MarketWatch, Hiroyuki Kachi. Analyst: Dollar could test Yen121 ahead of BOJ meeting next week. The dollar edged lower against the euro Thursday after data showed first-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week.

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    * Nasdaq tops 15-yr closing record * European shares slide after soft PMIs * Oil rises on Middle East concern * Energy shares, earnings lift U.S. stocks By Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK, April 23 - U.S. stocks rose on Thursday, with the Nasdaq index hitting a record closing high, as corporate earnings and a rise in energy shares overshadowed soft U.S. economic data, while oil prices climbed to the...

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    Canada's main stock index ended higher on Thursday, with energy and mining companies leading the way on the back of higher commodity prices. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index unofficially closed up 87.58 points, or 0.57 percent, at 15,392.35. All ten of the index's key sectors ended higher.

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    By Myra P. Saefong and Carla Mozee, MarketWatch, Eric Yep. Oil futures rallied Thursday, with West Texas Intermediate and Brent crude settling at their highest levels of the year as traders fretted over potential supply disruptions in the Middle East and as weak data from China raised prospects for economic stimulus. June Brent crude on London's ICE Futures exchange advanced $2.12, or 3.4%, to settle at $64.85 a barrel.

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    But single-country ETFs pose risks even as they grow in number. The first Pakistan-focused ETF started trading in New York on Thursday, and the ETF's launch might be well-timed, as China on Monday unveiled plans to invest $46 billion in the world's sixth-most populous country. The launch slot for the Global X MSCI Pakistan ETF is "remarkably fortuitous," noted Dan Keeler, writing for The Wall Street Journal's frontier markets blog.

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    * Fall in new-home sales stings dollar. * Euro shrugs off soft private sector business data. By Michael Connor. The dollar was knocked lower on Thursday by a decline in U.S. new-home sales fanning worries about U.S. economic growth, while the euro rose more than 1 percent on waning fears of a Greek default.