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LIVE MARKETS-On Our Radar: Drugmakers, Ryanair, Worldline

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Futures point to a higher open in Europe after Brexit and reports on Saturday that Boris Johnson would consider a looser trade agreement with the European Union, similar to the bloc's ties with Australia, rather than follow EU rules to reach a closer deal.

Johnson is expected to give a speech on trade today. Traders are also expecting some eurozone and UK PMI numbers, which will be released this morning.

In terms of single stocks, Siemens Healthineers shares are down 6.5% in early Frankfurt trade after it said Q1 profit fell on higher diagnostic gear costs

Meantime, UK drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline is also on the radar after it said it is collaborating with the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus outbreak.

In terms of M&A, traders see payments company Ingenico shares rallying 17% after Worldline agreed to buy its French peer in a deal which would create a new European champion in the sector.

Ryanair shares are seen 1-2% higher after 3Q revenues beat estimates but the company said it may have to push back its long-term target of flying 200 million passengers per year by as much as two years due to delays in the delivery of Boeing's <BA.N 737> MAX jet.

Some other earning results could move stocks: Swedish telecoms operator Tele2 Q4 earnings beat forecast company launched a new restructuring programme.

Julius Baer is seen 2% lower as it said it will cut 300 jobs after 2019 profit drop.

Other corporate headlines:

Sri Lanka to probe graft accusations over Airbus deal

Imperial Brands names Stefan Bomhard CEO

(Joice Alves)



European bourses are expected to open higher this morning as investors get some relief from the fact that the UK left the euro zone ending years of uncertainty around the Brexit outcome.

Fears from Asia will likely put a brake on the enthusiasm. As traders in Asia returned from a week-long Lunar Year break, shares across the region and global commodity prices stumbled on concerns that the coronavirus epidemic will hit demand in the world's second-largest economy.

Investors will also have their eyes on PMI data from the euro zone, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands and Spain that will be released this morning.

Back in the UK, today's PMI data will likely see little market reaction as services PMI due Wednesday matters more for the economy.

Financial spreadbetters at IG expect London's FTSE to open 15 points higher at 7,286, Frankfurt's DAX to open 21 points up at 12,981 and Paris' CAC to open 12 points higher at 5,806.

(Joice Alves)

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