June 1, 2017 / 4:59 AM / 3 months ago

German stocks - Factors to watch on June 1

BERLIN/FRANKFURT, June 1 (Reuters) - The DAX top-30 index looked set to open 0.3 percent higher on Thursday, according to premarket data from brokerage Lang & Schwarz at 0601 GMT.

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

PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT

President Donald Trump said he would announce on Thursday his decision whether to keep the United States in a global pact to fight climate change, as a source close to the matter said he was preparing to pull out of the Paris accord.

AUTOS

BMW indicated 0.5 percent higher

Daimler indicated 0.4 percent higher

Volkswagen indicated 0.9 percent higher

U.S. monthly car sales figures due.

Also, Volkswagen's troubled mass-market brand is pushing upmarket again with a new flagship model a year after ceasing the flopped Phaeton luxury saloon in a bid to lift margins and revive its post-dieselgate image.

LINDE

Indicated 0.2 percent higher

The industrial gases group's supervisory board is expected to vote on its merger agreement with U.S. peer Praxair. Sources said on Wednesday that a crack has appeared in German labour opposition to the deal, making it likely that the $73 billion deal will be approved.

THYSSENKRUPP

Indicated 0.1 percent higher

Three of the group's five divisions, industrial solutions, steel and the elevators unit, are having problems keeping up with the competition, Rheinische Post reported, citing internal company documents.

EVONIK

No indication available

The chemicals group is due to present a strategy update at 1730 GMT.

PFEIFFER VACUUM

Indicated unchanged

A takeover offer by Busch is due to expire at midnight.

WUESTENROT & WUERTTEMBERGISCHE

Indicated 0.6 percent higher

The group said late on Wednesday it was examining options for the future of Wuestenrot Bank AG Pfandbriefbank, ranging from cooperations to the sale of the bank.

RICKMERS

German shipping group Rickmers said it would file for insolvency after bondholder HSH Nordbank rejected its restructuring plan a day ahead of a last-ditch bondholders' meeting.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS

FIELMANN - 1.80 eur/shr dividend proposed

SALZGITTER - 0.30 eur/shr dividend proposed

BECHTLE - 1.50 eur/shr dividend proposed

FREENET - 1.60 eur/shr dividend proposed

NEMETSCHEK - 0.65 eur/shr dividend proposed

WUESTENROT & WUERTTEMBERGISCHE - 0.60 eur/shr dividend proposed

EX-DIVIDEND

DEUTSCHE TELEKOM - dividend 0.60 eur/shr

AAREAL BANK - dividend 2.00 eur/shr

GFT TECHNOLOGIES - dividend 0.30 eur/shr

CEWE - dividend 1.80 eur/shr

ANALYSTS' VIEWS

DRILLISCH - Citigroup cuts to "sell" from "neutral"

HHLA - HSBC raises to "buy" from "hold", raises target price to 24 euros from 18 euros

OVERSEAS STOCK MARKETS

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

Nikkei +1.1 pct, Shanghai stocks -0.3 pct.

Time: 6.05 GMT.

GERMAN ECONOMIC DATA

German Markit manufacturing PMI for May due at 0755 GMT. Seen flat at 59.4.

EUROPEAN FACTORS TO WATCH

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REUTERS TOP NEWS (Reporting by Victoria Bryan and Maria Sheahan)

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