Europe Factors-Shares seen gaining for 6th straight day

 (Adds company news, detail; updates snapshot table)
 LONDON, March 30 (Reuters) - European shares are set to rise on Wednesday,
mirroring gains in Asia and on Wall Street, with investors seen looking beyond
unrest in Libya and Japan's nuclear crisis and focusing on longer-term economic
outlook.
 Futures for Euro STOXX 50 (STXEc1: Quote, Profile, Research), Germany's DAX (FDXc1: Quote, Profile, Research) and France's CAC
(FCEc1: Quote, Profile, Research) all were up 0.9 percent. Financial spreadbetters earlier expected
Britain's FTSE 100 (.FTSE: Quote, Profile, Research) to open as much as 0.6 percent higher.
 "The two big geopolitical stories -- the aftermath of the earthquake in
Japan and unrest in Libya -- remain vary much in play but with the backdrop not
changing significantly on a day-by-day basis, it does seem as if markets are now
keen to try and turn the page," Ben Potter, an analyst at IG Markets, said.
 "Clearly there is still scope for significant developments here but there is
little appetite around to speculate on these outcomes for now."
 Investors will keep an eye on U.S. ADP employment report for March, due at
1215 GMT, for an indication about Friday's widely-watched non-farm payroll
numbers. Analysts said that traders had started to position themselves for a
positive non-farm jobs data.
 Focus will also be on peripheral euro zone countries as debt-stricken Greece
and Portugal suffered new blows on Tuesday after Standard & Poor's downgraded
their credit ratings. [ID:nLDE72S1LY]
 The chief executive of Banco Espirito Santo (BES.LS: Quote, Profile, Research) said in an interview
with the Financial Times that European bailouts in Greece and Ireland yielded
poor results and dented market confidence in the countries' banking sectors.
[ID:nLDE72T010]
In Japan, the benchmark Nikkei average (.N225: Quote, Profile, Research) rose 2 percent. The
FTSEurofirst 300 (.FTEU3: Quote, Profile, Research) index of top European shares closed 0.04 percent
higher on Tuesday after gains in the previous four straight sessions, while key
U.S. indexes (.DJI: Quote, Profile, Research) (.SPX: Quote, Profile, Research) and (.IXIC: Quote, Profile, Research) gained 0.7 to 1 percent.
 
 ----------------------MARKET SNAPSHOT AT 0632 GMT----------------------  
                                      LAST        PCT CHG        NET CHG 
 S&P 500                  (.SPX: Quote, Profile, Research)    1,319.44       0.71 %           9.25 
 NIKKEI                  (.N225: Quote, Profile, Research)    9,708.79       2.64 %         249.71 
 MSCI ASIA EX-JP (.MIASJ0000PUS: Quote, Profile, Research)      567.17       1.32 %           7.41 
 EUR/USD                  (EUR=: Quote, Profile, Research)      1.4072      -0.28 %        -0.0039 
 USD/JPY                  (JPY=: Quote, Profile, Research)       82.87       0.49 %         0.4000 
 10-YR US TSY YLD    (US10YT=RR: Quote, Profile, Research)       3.497         --             0.01 
 10-YR BUND YLD      (EU10YT=RR: Quote, Profile, Research)       3.349         --             0.00 
 SPOT GOLD                (XAU=: Quote, Profile, Research)   $1,420.00       0.29 %          $4.05 
 US CRUDE                 (CLc1: Quote, Profile, Research)     $104.59      -0.19 %          -0.20 
 
 * GLOBAL-Asia stocks up; yen weakens on euro, US rate view   [ID:nL3E7EU028]
 * Energy lifts Wall St but caution keeps volume low          [ID:nN29282200]
 * Nikkei gains on weaker yen but stays trapped in range      [ID:nL3E7EU08P]
 * TREASURIES-Short-term rates may be too hawkish on hikes    [ID:nLDE72T019]
 * Rate differentials drive yen lower, Aussie at 29-year peak [ID:nL3E7EU012]
 * Gold regains footing on equities, Libya; cenbanks eyed     [ID:nL3E7EU024]
 * Copper ticks down ahead end-quarter; Mideast, Japan weigh  [ID:nL3E7EU076]
 * Brent falls on US inventory gain, low consumer morale      [ID:nL3E7EU0AQ]
 COMPANY NEWS
 
 TULLOW OIL (TLW.L: Quote, Profile, Research), TOTAL (TOTF.PA: Quote, Profile, Research)
 British-based oil explorer Tullow Oil said on Wednesday it had agreed to
sell stakes in its Ugandan operations to French company Total (TOTF.PA: Quote, Profile, Research) and
Chinese group CNOOC (0883.HK: Quote, Profile, Research) for $2.9 billion. [ID:nLDE72T07Z]
 
 SANOFI-AVENTIS (SASY.PA: Quote, Profile, Research)
 Certificates related to Sanofi-Aventis's $20.1 billion acquisition of U.S.
biotech firm Genzyme (GENZ.O: Quote, Profile, Research) could begin trading on Nasdaq as soon as April 4,
depending on the outcome of its tender offer. [ID:nLDE72S1YL]
 
 GDF SUEZ (GSZ.PA: Quote, Profile, Research)
 The French utility said it had refinanced a five-year 4.5 billion euro
syndicated multi-currency credit line to refinance early the group's undrawn
credit lines expiring in 2012.
 
 BHP BILLITON (BLT.L: Quote, Profile, Research)
 Global miner BHP Billiton said on Wednesday it has started a study to
greatly expand the Olympic Dam copper and uranium mine in Australia, which has
the potential to be one of the world's largest of its kind, the mine's owner.
[ID:nL3E7EU0IH]
 
 SMA SOLAR (S92G.DE: Quote, Profile, Research)
 SMA Solar, Germany's biggest solar company by market value, warned falling
government support could lead to a shrinking solar market in 2011, keeping its
outlook for lower operating margins. [ID:nLDE72S192]
 
 SWATCH GROUP (UHR.VX: Quote, Profile, Research)
 Swatch Group's chairwoman said buying Tiffany & Co (TIF.N: Quote, Profile, Research) was not on the
agenda and the U.S. jeweller could do better in selling the watches Swatch makes
under the companies' alliance. [ID:nLDE6671FF]
 
 SONOVA (SOON.VX: Quote, Profile, Research)
 Swiss hearing aid maker Sonova said its chairman, chief executive and chief
financial officer were all stepping down after company executives sold shares
days before a profit warning. [ID:nLDE72T04Z]
 
 DEUTSCHE TELEKOM (DTEGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research)
 New York state's attorney general said he is reviewing a proposed
acquisition of Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile by AT&T Inc (T.N: Quote, Profile, Research) for possible
anti-competitive impacts on consumers and businesses. [ID:nN29269606]
 
 BAYER (BAYGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research)
 Bayer's rival Boehringer Ingelheim said it expects at least 180,000 U.S.
patients to be taking its recently approved Pradaxa blood clot preventer before
midyear, twice the number counted in late January. Bayer is seeking approval for
its Xarelto pill in the same market. [ID:nN29278800]
 
 DIXONS (DXNS.L: Quote, Profile, Research)
 Britain's No.1 electricals retailer issued a profit warning on Wednesday,
becoming the latest store group to report worsening trade as shoppers are hit by
rising prices and government cut backs.
 
 SANTANDER (SAN.MC: Quote, Profile, Research)
 Spain's Santander has acquired 96 percent of Polish lender Bank Zachodni WBK
(BZWB.WA: Quote, Profile, Research) for 15.9 billion zlotys, completing a public tender to take over the
country's fifth biggest bank, the Warsaw bourse said. [ID:nWSF010151]
 
 PARMALAT (PLT.MI: Quote, Profile, Research)
 Everything must be done to keep dairy group Parmalat in Italian hands,
Agriculture Minister Saverio Romano said on Tuesday. [ID:nWEA1520]
 An Italian consortium including Intesa Sanpaolo, private equity firms and
dairy rival Granarolo could consider buying the Italian operations of Parmalat
and merging them into Granarolo, Il Sole 24 Ore said without citing sources. 
 
 (Reporting by Atul Prakash)

Europe Factors-Shares seen gaining for 6th straight day