May 17, 2017 / 5:12 AM / 3 months ago

German stocks - Factors to watch on May 17

FRANKFURT, May 17 (Reuters) - The DAX top-30 index looked set to open 0.5 percent lower on Wednesday, according to premarket data from brokerage Lang & Schwarz at 0651 GMT.

The following are some of the factors that may move German stocks:

CYBER ATTACK

Governments turned their attention to a possible new wave of cyber threats on Tuesday after the group that leaked U.S. hacking tools used to launch the global WannaCry "ransomware" attack warned it would release more malicious code.

BASF, UNIPER

BASF indicated 0.5 percent lower

Uniper indicated 0.3 percent lower

The European Union plans to negotiate with Russia on behalf of its member countries about the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which could delay the project by months or years, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported, citing no sources.

LINDE

Indicated 0.5 percent lower

The industrial gases maker's supervisory board is to vote on a business combination agreement with Praxair in June, German newsletter Platow Brief said, citing no sources.

THYSSENKRUPP

Indicated 1 percent lower

Tata Steel has agreed the main terms of a deal to cut benefits for its British pension scheme in a move that will see the firm back a new plan that will pose less risk to the company. Thyssenkrupp has been in talks to merge its European steel business with that of Tata.

Separately, German daily Die Welt said the German federal cartel office has largely ruled in favor of German Naval Yards in a dispute over a 1.5 billion euro contract for new frigates that was awarded to ThyssenKrupp and Luerssen. The decision is expected to be made public on Thursday, it said.

VOLKSWAGEN

Indicated 0.4 percent lower

Volkswagen's joint venture in China, FAW-Volkswagen Automobile Co Ltd, will recall 577,590 Golf and Sagitar cars because of a headlight fuse defect that may lead to safety risks, the quality watchdog said on Wednesday.

STADA

Indicated 0.4 percent lower

Shanghai Pharmaceutical Holding Co Ltd 601607.SS said it may bid for Stada Arzneimittel AG STAGn.DE - a move that would pit it against buyout firms Bain and Cinven which have made a joint offer of nearly $6 billion for the German generics drugmaker.

DRILLISCH, UNITED INTERNET

Drillisch indicated 0.3 percent lower

United Internet indicated 0.1 percent lower

United Internet has transferred around 7.75 percent of its stake in 1&1 Telecommunication to Drillisch in a capital increase, as planned, giving United Internet a stake in Drillisch of just over 30 percent, Drillisch said.

TELEFONICA DEUTSCHLAND

Down 1.2 percent in early Frankfurt trade

The company is optimistic for its own growth prospects, even after United Internet's deal to buy Drillisch, Telefonica Deutschland's Chief Executive Markus Haas told Boersen-Zeitung in an interview.

ADO PROPERTIES

Up 1.3 percent in early Frankfurt trade

The real estate group affirmed its 2017 guidance as it reported a 40 percent jump in first-quarter core profit (FFO I).

CAPITAL STAGE

Indicated 0.8 percent higher

The solar and wind park operator said its supervisory board had appointed Dierk Paskert as the new chief executive, effective Sept. 1.

DIEBOLD NIXDORF AG

Indicated 0.2 percent higher

The group posted a second-quarter net profit that dropped to 5 million euros from 25 million, it said in its quarterly financial report.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS

DEUTSCHE BOERSE - 2.35 eur/shr dividend proposed

LEG IMMOBILIEN - 2.76 eur/shr dividend proposed

SYMRISE - 0.85 eur/shr dividend proposed

MORPHOSYS - no dividend proposed

SOFTWARE AG - 0.60 eur/shr dividend proposed

BET-AT-HOME.COM - 7.50 eur/shr dividend proposed

SGL GROUP - no dividend proposed

EX-DIVIDEND

VONOVIA - dividend 1.12 eur/shr

ALSTRIA OFFICE REIT - dividend 0.52 eur/shr

JUNGHEINRICH - dividend 0.44 eur/shr

TAG IMMOBILIEN - dividend 0.57 eur/shr

XING - dividend 2.97 eur/shr

ELRINGKLINGER - dividend 0.50 eur/shr

ANALYSTS' VIEWS

DRILLISCH - Equinet raises to "buy" from "neutral", lifts target price to 66 euros from 41 euros

OVERSEAS STOCK MARKETS

Dow Jones unchanged, S&P 500 -0.1 pct, Nasdaq +0.3 pct at close.

Nikkei -0.5 pct, Shanghai stocks -0.3 pct.

Time: 6.52 GMT.

GERMAN ECONOMIC DATA

No economic data scheduled.

EUROPEAN FACTORS TO WATCH

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