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LONDON, Sept 30 European equity index futures opened down on
Friday, with shares in German lender Deutsche Bank seen sharply
lower, following a drop on Wall Street after fresh concerns surfaced about the
health of Germany's biggest lender.
Futures on the EUROSTOXX 50 and other major European indexes were
all trading down between 0.9 and 1.6 percent.
Worries over Deutsche that have sent its shares to record lows this week
were fuelled after Bloomberg reported that a number of hedge funds that clear
derivatives trades with Deutsche had withdrawn some excess cash and adjusted
positions held at the lender.
In a statement, Deutsche said its trading clients remained largely
supportive. U.S.-listed shares in the bank slumped, and it was seen down around
6 percent in Frankfurt before the market open.
(Reporting by Danilo Masoni)