FRANKFURT Dec 21 The DAX top-30 index
looked set to open 0.1 percent lower on Wednesday, according to
premarket data from brokerage Lang & Schwarz at 0700 GMT.
The following are some of the factors that may move German
German authorities on Tuesday released a Pakistani
asylum-seeker suspected of driving a truck into a Berlin
Christmas market and killing 12 people due to a lack of evidence
and the interior minister said the real perpetrator may still be
on the run.
Indicated 0.5 percent higher
The carmaker has agreed to a $1 billion settlement to fix or
buy back another 80,000 polluting diesel vehicles sold in the
United States as the German automaker on Tuesday took new steps
to put its emissions cheating scandal behind it.
Indicated 0.1 percent lower
The chemicals firm said that the International Trade
Commission had determined that Belgian specialty materials group
Umicore had infringed battery patents by BASF and
Argonne National Laboratory.
Indicated 0.4 percent lower
The chipmaker said no court ruling had been made regarding a
patent dispute with peer Macom. Macom had said last
week that a U.S. court had entered a preliminary injunction
order barring Infineon from selling certain products.
Indicated 0.3 percent higher
The group's engineering business will "remain in the
family", Linde Chief Executive Aldo Belloni told German daily
Handelsblatt, after he told employees that the division would be
moved to a separate legal entity to safeguard its business.
Indicated 0.2 percent higher
Rio de Janeiro state prosecutors filed a lawsuit against
former state Governor Sérgio Cabral, two of his former
secretaries and ThyssenKrupp steelmaking unit Companhia
Siderúrgica do Atlântico SA for administrative impropriety over
the granting of an operations license.
Indicated 0.4 percent lower
Australian unit CIMIC's CPB Contractors won a road
contract in Queensland, which will generate around A$420 million
($305 million) of revenues.
Up 2.7 percent in early Frankfurt trade
The real estate company said its real estate portfolio's
value had risen by about 580 million euros to 2.3 billion,
resulting in an increase of its EPRA NAV per share by around 7
The roof tile maker said late on Tuesday its board had
approved plans to issue new shares and to pay a special
dividend, part of its agreement to be taken over by Standard
Indicated 1.4 percent higher
Etihad Airways, which owns a stake in Air Berlin, is
reviewing its strategy of investing in European airlines and is
seeking an exit in a shake-up that could lead to the departure
of CEO James Hogan, company and industry sources told Reuters on
OVERSEAS STOCK MARKETS
Dow Jones +0.5 pct, S&P 500 +0.4 pct, Nasdaq
+0.5 pct at close.
Nikkei -0.3 pct, Shanghai stocks +1.2 pct.
Time: 7.04 GMT.
GERMAN ECONOMIC DATA
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(Reporting by Arno Schuetze and Maria Sheahan)