10 things you need to know before European markets open

European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier  holds a joint news conference with Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis after the latest round of talks in Brussels, Belgium October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Good morning! Here’s what you need to know.

1. European Union leaders are ready to hand Theresa May an olive branch in deadlocked Brexit negotiations next week by launching their own internal preparations for a transition to a new relationship with Britain. A draft statement which was prepared for next Friday’s talks and sent out for approval on Thursday to the 27 other EU governments made final Brussels’ rejection of opening free trade talks.

2. According to China’s General Administration of Customs, imports grew by 18.7% in the year to September in US dollar terms, accelerating upon the 13.3% level of August. It easily surpassed market expectations for an increase of 13.5%.

3. Lufthansa agreed to buy parts of insolvent German airline Air Berlin for around 210 million euros ($248.72 million), Air Berlin said. The deal includes Air Berlin’s Austrian leisure travel airline Niki, its LG Walter regional airline and 20 further aircraft, its said in a statement, adding that the purchase price was subject to adjustments upon closing.

4. Citigroup reported a 7.6% increase in quarterly profit from a gain on an asset sale, lower costs and better-than-expected trading revenue. The fourth-biggest U.S. bank by assets said that net income rose to $4.13 billion in the third quarter ended Sept. 30 from $3.84 billion a year earlier.

5. Wells Fargo, the third-biggest US bank by assets, named Mike Roemer chief compliance officer. Roemer, who joins from Barclays, will take charge in January, the company said.

6. A majority of independent votes cast at the annual shareholders’ meeting of Sky supported the re-election of James Murdoch as chairman. Ahead of the meeting some shareholders had said they were planning to oppose Murdoch’s re-election because they did not believe he could effectively represent independent investors as he is also chief executive …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Finance

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