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Futures have opened unconvincingly this morning with the DAX and Eurostoxx 50 futures hovering flat, CAC 40 futures barely up 0.1 percent and FTSE 100 futures down 0.2 percent.

Here are some of the headlines from the weekend and today to keep on your radar:

Airbus and Eutelsat (Paris: FR0010221234 - news) sign UK satellite investment deal

Novartis (IOB: 0QLR.IL - news) ' blood disorder drug gets FDA approval for expanded use

Delta adds 10 A330neo in boost to Airbus' slow-selling jet

Alphabet (Xetra: ABEA.DE - news) unit halts glucose-detecting contact lens project

VW CEO says Waymo has 1-2 yr headstart in autonomous cars

UBS (LSE: 0QNR.L - news) lures more money from U.S. super rich to Switzerland

With (Other OTC: WWTH - news) new CEO, Telecom Italia (Amsterdam: TI6.AS - news) "opera" edges towards finale

MEDIA-ABB (LSE: 0NX2.L - news) in "fairly developed" talks to sell grids division to Hitachi - FT

Yara appoints new CFO, says no impact on earnings, strategy

Britain's Johnston Press (LSE: JPR.L - news) to transfer to bondholders

MEDIA-Danske Bank (LSE: 0NVC.L - news) whistleblower talking to U.S. enforcement agencies- FT

Di Maio says EU election will shake up politics, help Italy

ABN Amro says cannot verify authenticity of 'rebellious managers' letter

BHP to pay $390 mln to Aus tax authorities to help settle dispute over Singapore hub

(Helen Reid)



The focus on politics is unlikely to shift this week with all eyes on the UK as those opposed to Prime Minister May's draft Brexit deal may attempt to mount a leadership challenge and the special European Council meeting of Nov 25 approaches.

The ECB's Villeroy de Galhau, speaking in Tokyo just now, said the EU is ready in case of a no-deal Brexit which would be "very detrimental" for the British economy but have a "limited" effect on European GDP.

"Politics will remain high on the market’s agenda this coming week," write Societe Generale (Swiss: 519928.SW - news) analysts. "There is also the Eurogroup meeting today and Italian politics is never usually far from the news."

The Eurogroup meeting is dedicated to euro area reform in preparation for the December Summit, and topics on the agenda include reform of the European Stability Mechanism, the European Deposit Insurance Scheme, and the euro area stabilisation tool.

(Helen Reid)



European stocks are seen inching up this morning after an eventful weekend with a summit of Asia-Pacific leaders in Papua New Guinea failing to agree on a communique for the first time in their history due to deep divisions between the U.S. and China over trade.

Share (LSE: SHRE.L - news) markets turned mixed in Asia on Monday amid conflicting signals on the prospects for a truce in the Sino (Dusseldorf: 1205802.DU - news) -U.S. trade dispute, while the Federal Reserve's newly-found concerns over the global economy constrained the dollar.

Sino-U.S. tensions were clearly on display at an APEC meeting in Papua New Guinea over the weekend, where leaders failed to agree on a communique for the first time ever.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said in a blunt speech that there would be no end to U.S. tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese goods until China changed its ways.

According to CMC Markets (LSE: CMCX.L - news) , the FTSE 100 is expected to open 2 points higher at 7,015, the DAX is seen opening 4 points higher at 11,345, and the CAC 40 is expected to open 6 points higher at 5,031.

(Helen Reid)


(Reporting by Helen Reid, Danilo Masoni, Julien Ponthus)