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LIVE MARKETS-Let's call him Knut!

* European shares bounce back

* US futures down

* Fresenius (Swiss: FRE-EUR.SW - news) down 10 pct after profit warning

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LET'S CALL HIM KNUT! (1008 GMT)

The mighty DAX has joined the long list of indexes or stocks which became bears in 2018.

It's not that surprising actually given that the German export-heavy benchmark is widely

used as a proxy to play trade war fears which there's been no shortage of in the last few weeks.

Ok, so what do you call a German bear which is just a few days old?

Knut, in a tribute to the late Berlin Zoo celebrity!

Here's a link with more photos and background on Knut: https://reut.rs/2E6Hi5q and here's

our rolling bear market indicator where you can see the latest market action:

https://tmsnrt.rs/2QCzyvm

(Julien Ponthus)

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OPENING SNAPSHOT: A REBOUND FOR EUROPE WHILE FRESENIUS SLIDES (0835 GMT)

European stocks are bouncing back this morning with the euro zone STOXX up 1.1 percent and

the FTSE 100 up 1.3 percent. Euro zone stocks are still set for their worst week in two months

(since the October selloff) as investors lick their wounds after a turbulent few days.

Fresenius shares are down 10.3 percent, the biggest fallers on the STOXX 600 after the

healthcare firm issued a profit warning and vowed further dividend hikes. The stock hit a near

four-year low and was set for its worst fall since 2002.

"They keep missing," says one trader.

Fresenius Medical Care (IOB: 0H9X.IL - news) shares are also down 5.9 percent, with both dragging the DAX down to

just a 0.5 percent gain.

As you can see below, some of the sectors worst hit by yesterday's selloff are leading the

charge today, with tech up 2.1 percent. Autos, however, are still underperforming.

Old Mutual (Other OTC: ODMUF - news) shares are the top performers on the STOXX, which could be partly down to

a recovery in the South African rand after a sharp fall yesterday due to turmoil at state-run

power firm Eskom.

Nokia (Milan: 23568.MI - news) shares are also among top gainers, up 4.5 percent. Nokia and Ericsson (Hanover: ERCB.HA - news) are two

companies analysts say could gain from Huawei's competitive position in the mobile equipment

market being hurt.

(Helen Reid)

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ON THE RADAR: A FAIR WHACK OF CORPORATE NEWS (0752 GMT)

European stocks are set for a rebound at the open but there is not enough enthusiasm on

Asian markets and certainly not on U.S. futures (S&P 500 down 0.6 percent at the moment) to bet

your life savings they will end the day in the black.

A lot will depend on NFPs and how they tread the fine line of reassuring on growth after the

recent yield curve drama and not changing growing belief the Fed has had a dovish epiphany.

On the corporate front, shares in German healthcare group Fresenius are expected to fall at

the open after it cut its medium-term guidance.

Spain's Telefonica (LSE: 826858.L - news) (TEF.MC O2) is still under the spotlight after its British unit O2

restored its cellular network following a software glitch which caused smartphone users to lose

internet access.

Another sign that Brexit is taking its toll on the British economy with Berkeley Group's H1

falling as people put off house purchases amid increasing uncertainty. That being said, the

house builder's shares are indicated up in pre market.

Not much more optimism with Associated British Foods (LSE: ABF.L - news) saying trading at its Primark fashion

chain was challenging in November.

More on the Renault (LSE: 0NQF.L - news) /Nissan saga with Tokyo prosecutors planning to indict Carlos Ghosn on

Monday for financial misconduct according to Nikkei business daily.

Good news for Roche which wins an FDA approval for a lung cancer treatment and still in the

sector, Novartis (IOB: 0QLR.IL - news) said it would launch emergency allergy shots next year in the United States at

a lower price than rivals.

Deutsche Bank (IOB: 0H7D.IL - news) , which in general could use some good news, is under pressure again on a new

laundering report.

(Julien Ponthus)

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AN UPBEAT OPEN FOR EUROPEAN FUTURES BUT... (0714 GMT)

European futures opened on an upbeat tone, from up 1.5 percent for the FTSE and the DAX to

1.3 percent for the CAC.

But as said earlier, there sure wasn't any kind of exuberance on Asian bourses with MSCI (Frankfurt: 3HM.F - news) 's

broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan up 0.3 percent and Chinese

blue chips just slightly in negative territory (-0.05 percent).

Meanwhile, U.S. futures are also slightly in the red with the S&P down 0.24 percent.


(Julien Ponthus)

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U.S. NON FARM PAYROLL: CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR...(0656 GMT)

Today's U.S. job data will be key for market sentiment but it's not crystal clear what would

be the most reassuring figure.

"Usually we look at these releases and want to see the best possible numbers – for obvious

reasons – but given the fragility in the markets, I wonder whether the goldilocks report for the

current environment involves decent – but not great – jobs growth and only moderate wage gains",

writes Craig Erlam from Oanda.

"This would give the Fed and investors encouragement that the economy is ticking along

nicely and allow it to take the foot off the gas a little, potentially taking some pressure of

the middle part of the yield curve and easing investor concerns".

With (Other OTC: WWTH - news) more and more investors taking the view that the Fed has become more dovish, stellar

job creations or wages growth could change again the expectations for rate hikes and lead to

more volatility.

On the other hand, fears that the U.S. yield curve is pointing to a stronger than expected

slowdown have also to be addressed somehow.

(Julien Ponthus)

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MORNING CALL: SET FOR A TENTATIVE REBOUND (0628 GMT)

The money still seems to be on European stock markets rebounding at the open after their

rout yesterday. IG (Frankfurt: A0EARV - news) expects London's FTSE to open 98 points higher, Frankfurt's DAX to rise 103

points and Paris' CAC 55 points.

CMC Markets (LSE: CMCX.L - news) is giving similar levels for the open but there sure isn't that much enthusiasm

on Asian markets at the moment despite Wall Street recouping most of its losses towards the end

of the session.

Support can't be expected from oil prices which are still dragged by OPEC's decision to

delay a final decision on output cuts.

(Julien Ponthus)

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