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LIVE MARKETS-Brace for some trade headline ping pong

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Stock futures indicate a slightly higher open for Europe as jittery investors brace up for trade headlines that is likely to spark volatility. Beijing and Washington officials are meeting later today to try to end a bruising 15-month-old trade war.

A London-based trader says be ready for some "headline ping pong".

The impact of trade war has jolted the export-heavy German economy the most and August data showed exports fell by more than expected, reinforcing expectations that a manufacturing slump is pushing Europe's largest economy into recession.

CAC stock futures is outperforming rest of Europe after solid Q3 results from LVMH.

News that Louis Vuitton owner LVMH's Q3 sales beat expectations despite unrest in Hong Kong is likely to boost shares of rivals Gucci-owner Kering, Hermes, Burberry and Swiss watchmakers Richemont and Swatch.

Analysts were expecting luxury companies to take a major hit from political protests in HK. "We had anticipated a more marked deceleration from a very strong Q2," Jefferies says, adding that it was an "impressive beat".

While LVMH bit the HK unrest bullet, Philips seems to be hit sharply by the trade war as the Dutch health technology company said tariffs and disappointing results at its Connected Care division would make it impossible to reach its target for profit margin improvement this year.

Some headlines to digest:

German August export slump amplifies recession alarm

Suedzucker 2nd quarter earnings fall after sugar price drop

LVMH shrugs off Hong Kong pain with Vuitton sales boom

Philips to miss 2019 margin goal due to trade tariffs

Belgium's UCB to buy Ra Pharmaceuticals for $2.1 bln

Renault management shake-up on the cards - source

(Thyagaraju Adinarayan and Joice Alves)



European stocks are seen opening flat to slightly lower as a mix of positive and negative noise from Washington on U.S.-China trade negotiations keep investors on edge.

The trade-sensitive German blue-chip index rallied 1% yesterday on report that China could agree to a partial trade deal with the U.S. despite the recent flare-up in tensions.

"A mini deal with China would be favourable, but whether it is merely a detente (no new tariffs) or something slightly more substantial (rolling back some taxes) that's the big question for how intense the risk revival extends," Stephen Innes, Asia Pacific market strategist for Axitrader says.

Financial spreadbetters IG expect London's FTSE to open 11 points lower at 7,155, Frankfurt's DAX to open 16 points lower at 12,078, and Paris' CAC to open 1 point higher at 5,500.

Luxury stocks in focus today after Louis Vuitton owner LVMH beat sales forecasts for the third quarter despite unrest in Hong Kong. LVMH's European peers are likely to benefit from the upbeat results.

(Thyagaraju Adinarayan and Joice Alves)

***** (Reporting by Danilo Masoni, Joice Alves, Josephine Mason, Julien Ponthus and Thyagaraju Adinarayan)