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LIVE MARKETS- On our radar: futures slip, Wirecard troubles, Kingfisher results

* European shares seen falling on lack of progress in trade talks

* Eyes on Wirecard, Kingfisher results

* Stock index futures down 0.2-0.4% Welcome to the home for real-time coverage of European equity markets brought to you by Reuters stocks reporters and anchored today by Danilo Masoni. Reach him on Messenger to share your thoughts on market moves: danilo.masoni.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net


ON OUR RADAR: FUTURES SLIP, WIRECARD TROUBLES, KINGFISHER RESULTS (0754 GMT)

The lack of immediate progress in trade talks between the United States and China is set to weigh on European shares, keeping them just below four year peaks, while the televised debate in the UK between Johnson and Corbyn did little to change expectations over the upcoming Dec. 12 election and had little impact on the forex market.

As a result, futures on the trade sensitive DAX led the way lower in Europe, down 0.4%, while FTSE futures fell 0.2%.

In corporate news, Wirecard is set to come under renewed selling pressure after German business daily Handelsblatt reported auditor EY refused to sign off on the Singapore audit of Wirecard for 2017, citing irregularities. Its shares were down 7.7% in early Frankfurt trade.

There are also some earnings reports in the UK to digest.

Home improvement retailer Kingfisher is expected to open 5% lower after it reported another fall in underlying sales in its latest quarter, underlining the task facing its new boss.

Fevertree Drinks is seen falling 5% after the premium tonic water maker said it was still being hurt by slack consumer spending in Britain, even as other regions, especially the US, were performing well.

Other stock movers: Buoyant warship division keeps Babcock on course for 2020 targets ; Swiss eyecare company Alcon posts another loss, announces revamp; Aviva reshuffles business into five divisions, sells Hong Kong stake; UK's United Utilities profit gains on regulatory incentives

(Danilo Masoni)

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MORNING CALL: LOWER (0623 GMT)

European shares are expected to open lower this morning following losses in Asia overnight as the trade dispute between Washington and Beijing drags on, leaving investors hostage to conflicting signals over whether the parties would reach a deal.

Spreadbetters at IG expect London's FTSE to open 14 points lower at 7,310, Frankfurt's DAX to open 40 points lower at 13,181 and Paris' CAC to open 13 points lower at 5,896.

"... in the absence of a credible and comprehensive trade deal roadmap, investors might think optimism around Phase one has peaked and turned more defensive to protect profits by taking chips off the table," said Stephen Innes, chief Asia market strategist at AxiTrader.

(Danilo Masoni)

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