European shares to open lower amid geopolitical risks

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European shares are set to open lower on Tuesday morning, as investors monitor key political and economic risks, while oil prices hover close to multi-year highs.

The FTSE 100 is seen down around 19 points at 7,690, the CAC is expected to open 14 points lower at 5,525 while the DAX is poised to start off by 24 points at 12,955, according to IG.

In Asia, equities dipped as investors looked ahead to the second round of trade talks between the U.S. and China later this week. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares, excluding Japan, was down around 0.65 percent on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, oil prices extended recent gains after OPEC reported that the global oil glut had virtually been eliminated. Crude futures remained close to highs not seen since late 2014 amid tensions in the Middle East and uncertainty about output from Iran.

Back in Europe, ThyssenKrupp and easyJet were among the major companies set to release their latest figures on Tuesday morning.

On the data front, French inflation data for April and the second estimate of gross domestic product (GDP) data for the euro area over the first three months of the year were both scheduled to be published on Tuesday morning.

Source: CNBC

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