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European stocks advanced as a report predicted an increase in German consumer confidence and investors awaited data on American durable-goods orders. U.S. index futures were little changed, while Asian shares fell.
The Stoxx Europe 600 Index added 0.3 percent to 323.19 at 9:19 a.m. in London. The benchmark slipped 0.8 percent since reaching a 5 1/2-year high on Nov. 18 through yesterday as investors speculated when the Federal Reserve may reduce its monthly bond purchases.
German consumer confidence will increase to 7.4 next month from 7 in November, according to research company GfK AG. The data topped the the median economist estimate that called for a December gain to 7.1.
In the U.S., the final reading of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan November consumer sentiment index rose to 73.1 from a preliminary reading of 72, economists predicted before data due at 9:55 a.m. New York time. Figures yesterday showed the Conference Board’s index of American consumer sentiment fell to a seven-month low this month.
A separate release may show that U.S. durable-goods orders fell 2 percent in October after rising 3.8 percent in the prior month, according to the median estimate of economists.
The U.K. economy expanded at a rate of 0.8 percent in the third quarter from the prior quarter, the median estimate of economists.
Vivendi SA gained 2.3 percent after saying shareholder Vincent Bollore will replace Chairman Jean-Rene Fourtou when it completes a separation of telecommunications business from media assets. The spinoff, approved by Vivendi’s supervisory board yesterday, may entail distributing shares of its SFR mobile-phone unit to shareholders, the Paris-based company said.
Accor dropped 3.3 percent, its biggest decline since August. Europe’s largest hotel operator said it will reorganize its business into two separate units. The HotelServices unit will operate about 460,000 hotel rooms under 14 brands. The HotelInvest unit will act as the owner and investor in hotels.
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