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LIVE MARKETS-On our radar at the open

* European shares seen opening higher

* Earnings in focus

* In Asia, shares gain

* Yuan firms as China signals intent to stabilise decline 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: rm://danilo.masoni.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net


ON OUR RADAR AT THE OPEN (0652 GMT)

The bounce in Europe is set to gather steam this morning with futures on main euro-zone benchmarks set for their biggest gain in many weeks, up 1.2-1.3%.

A firmer-than-feared yuan fixing in China eased worries over aggressive FX intervention while an unexpected rise in China's exports in July also helped the Chinese currency stabilise, lifting equity markets in Asia, while on Wall Street overnight the S&P 500 recovered for steep losses and U.S. futures this morning were heading north.

In European corporate news, there are lots of earning to digest as well as some fresh deal making activity.

Thyssenkrupp scrapped its outlook for the current business year due to falling demand in the automotive and steel industries, making it the fourth profit warning under current boss Guido Kerkhoff. The warning was expected and its shares, which hit a 16-year low earlier this week, are up 2.8% in early trade, with one trader saying quarterly sales were better than expected.

German sportswear company Adidas reported disappointing Q2 sales, sending its shares down 4.8% in early trade, but confirmed it expects a recovery in H2 after it stemmed a decline in Europe and saw its long-struggling Reebok brand recover.

In dealmaking, German lighting group Osram is down 3.7% in early trade after its biggest shareholder, Allianz Global Investors, rejected a 3.4 billion euro takeover offer from private equity firms Bain and Carlyle.

Other results on the radar include those from Merck KGaA which posted a gain in quarterly earnings that was slightly higher than expected (shares up slightly in premarket), while Zurich Insurance said it was set to beat its targets amid aggressive cost-cutting, sending its shares up 3.2% in premarket trade.

Disappointing results are expected to weigh heavily on shares in Italian shoemaker Tod's - they could fall as much as 1-%. Adecco revenues fell 3% in Q2 as the staffing company said hiring slowed in Europe's automotive and manufacturing sector. Results fell short of analyst expectations but nevertheless its shares are seen rising.


Other stock movers:

Raiffeisen Bank International's Q2 net profit beats estimates ;

Italy set to give ArcelorMittal guarantees to avoid Ilva shutdown -source


UK headlines

Aviva reviews Asia business, H1 operating profit rises 1%

Hastings posts steep drop in first-half profit

Trade war, Brexit hit Savills half-year profit

Housebuilder Bellway forecasts higher annual housing revenue

Hargreaves Lansdown full-year assets boosted by net inflows


(Danilo Masoni)

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EARNINGS IN FOCUS: DT, THYSSENKRUPP, ADECCO, MERCK (0559 GMT)

Turning to the corporate front there are more updates for investors to digest this morning with Deutsche Telekom confirming its guidance for the year as Europe's largest telco by revenues pushes to complete the $26 bln takeover of competitor Sprint .

Thyssenkrupp scrapped its outlook for the current business year due to falling demand in the automotive and steel industries, making it the fourth profit warning under current boss Guido Kerkhoff, while Adecco revenues fell 3% in Q2 as the staffing company said hiring slowed in Europe's automotive and manufacturing sector.

Other results on the radar include those from Merck KGaA which posted a gain in quarterly earnings that was slightly higher than expected, while Zurich Insurance said it was set to beat its targets amid aggressive cost-cutting.

In M&A, eyes on Siemens Healthineers on news it is buying Corindus Vascular Robotics of the U.S. for $1.1 billion.

Here are other market moving headlines:

Aurubis Q3 earnings slump 72% on poor markets, project problems

Debenhams to name Stefaan Vansteenkiste as CEO -source

British Airways resuming services after latest IT meltdown

Air France KLM's July passenger numbers rise 1.8% y/y

Angry Birds maker Rovio's Q2 profit falls on Hatch expansion costs

Bayer, Elanco aiming to reach animal-health deal next week - Bloomberg

Tod's family owner to keep investing despite sliding sales

BHP Group to invest $283 mln in Trinidad and Tobago petroleum project

Novartis says it knew of Zolgensma data problems before U.S. approval

EU opens antitrust investigation into PKN's bid for Lotos

Ryanair's UK pilots vote to strike later this month

Spanish court summons DIA owner Fridman in Zed bankruptcy inquiry

Italy's BPER profit falls on loan losses, softer revenues

Massimo Zanetti cautious on 2019 after fall in H1 coffee sales

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(Danilo Masoni)

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EUROPE REBOUND SET TO CONTINUE AS YUAN FIXING CALMS NERVES (0530 GMT)

European shares are expected to open higher this morning following gains in Asia where investors took comfort after China fixed the yuan at a firmer level than many had feared, signalling unwillingness to engage in heavy currency depreciation.

"The Fix is the number one game in town and will continue to dictate the pace of play for risk assets over the near term," says Stephen Innes, managing partner at VM Markets Pte.

Spreadbetters at IG expect London's FTSE to open 21 points higher at 7,220, Frankfurt's DAX to open 85 points higher at 11,735, and Paris' CAC to open 49 points higher at 5,316. In the previous session the STOXX 600 broke a three day losing streak, ending up 0.2%.

Here's more on the yuan: Yuan firms as PBOC signals intent to stabilise decline

(Danilo Masoni)

***** (Reporting by Danilo Masoni, Josephine Mason and Thyagaraju Adinarayan)