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LIVE MARKETS-What's on our radar: Nokia, Daimler and Chips

* European shares seen little changed

* Eyes on October PMIs, ECB meeting

* Earnings in focus: Nokia, Daimler, Nordea 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:


European shares are set to edge up as investors digest a wave of earnings updates and with growing confidence over a Brexit deal helping keep major benchmarks near recent highs, while the FTSE struggles to recover as hopes of an orderly UK-EU divorce keep sterling supported.

Futures on the DAX are up 0.3% after hitting their highest in 15 months and euro zone futures rise 0.2% just ahead of the release of the flash PMI surveys for October, which will be closely watched for any sign of a recovery following a string of macro disappointments. FTSE futures are flat.

In earning updates, Nokia is set to slump heavily at the open after it reported Q3 profit in-line with expectations but lowered its full-year profit forecasts for 2019 and 2020, citing tough competition and additional investments. Its shares are seen down 7-15%.

On a more positive note Daimler shares are seen rising after Q3 EBIT growth beat expectations. The company announced cost cuts as it reduced its revenue outlook for Mercedes-Benz trucks unit but Q3 EBIT before rose 8% to 2.69 billion euros. Its results follow disappointing numbers from Ford which cut its operating profit forecast, highlighting the challenges for the export oriented sector.

Among chipmakers, results from Apple suppliers Dialog Semi and STM both beat earning expectations. Dialog shares are up 3.7% in early Frankfurt trade. That could support the tech sector after Microsoft forecast sales for its cloud computing services that topped expectations, sending its shares up slightly.

Royal Bank of Scotland swung to a Q3 loss, after making a fresh 900 million pound provision to settle mis-selling claims in Britain's biggest consumer banking scandal. One trader sees its shares down 3% at the open.

Other stock movers: New York, states reach $700 mln settlement with Reckitt over opioid probes; Nordea's Q3 earnings take 1.3 bln euro hit as new CEO takes over; Norwegian Air secures Airbus fleet deal, earnings top forecast; Puma ups guidance despite U.S. tariffs on China; Equinor Q3 profit drops more than expected on low gas sales; BASF operating profit dives 24% as trade disputes weigh; AstraZeneca lifts drug sales forecast on China, cancer gains; China demand drives sales bounce at Birkin bag maker Hermes.

(Danilo Masoni)



It's already getting really busy with earnigs updates across Europe. Just look at the headlines below, and more are to come:

Nokia cuts full-year profit outlook on tough competition

Daimler Q3 operating profit down 8% on weaker car and truck sales

Alfa Laval Q3 core profit tops forecasts

Nordea's Q3 earnings take 1.3 bln euro hit as new CEO takes over

Sika's 9-month operating profit rises, confirms FY target

Norwegian Air Q3 profit beats forecast

Schindler Q3 profit rises on strong Asia-Pacific, China growth

Equinor Q3 profit drops more than expected on low gas sales

BASF operating profit down 24% as trade disputes weigh

Swiss engineer ABB's earnings offer some relief as U.S., China weaken

New York, states reach $700 mln settlement with Reckitt over opioid probes

GSK gets FDA nod for wider use of ovarian cancer drug Zejula

(Danilo Masoni)


European shares are expected to open little changed with euro zone benchmarks staying near recent highs and the FTSE struggling to recover meaningful from its recent slump as investors expect the EU to grant another delay to the Brexit deadline, avoiding a chaotic exit of the country from the bloc.

Pending fresh developments over Brexit, investors' immediate focus will shift today the flash PMIs for October which will be closely watched for any sign of a recovery in Europe's poor economic conditions, and to the European Central Bank's policy meeting, the last one under the leadership of Mario Draghi.

Of course eyes will remained glued to the Q3 earnings season. From the US a surprise profit at Tesla sent its shares soaring overnight, while Microsoft's forecast for sales of its cloud services topped estimates, even as quarterly growth slows for its Azure business. Ford, however, cut its operating profit forecast after a disappointing Q3.

Spreadbetters at IG expect London's FTSE to open 8 points lower at 7,253, Frankfurt's DAX to open 9 points higher at 12,808 and Paris' CAC to open 4 points higher at 5,658.

(Danilo Masoni)

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