European stocks flatten out, eyes on Brexit, Fed

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European stocks flatten out, eyes on Brexit, Fed
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March 19 (Reuters) - European shares opened flat to marginally higher on Tuesday, as investors made cautious moves ahead of a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting while British Prime Minister Theresa May's third attempt to get a Brexit deal through parliament was blocked for now.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index .STOXX rose 0.1 percent by 0806 GMT after four sessions of solid gains, while Germany's DAX index .GDAXI was less than 0.05 percent higher and London's FTSE .FTSE dipped 0.1 percent.

The Fed's two-day meeting starts on Tuesday, with financial markets expecting the U.S. central bank to reinforce a dovish approach to any further rises in interest rates. bank stocks .SX7P dipped 0.2 percent, after jumping more than a full percentage point in value on Monday following confirmation of merger talks between Deutsche Bank DBKGn.DE and Commerzbank CBKG.DE .

Scandal-hit Danske Bank DANSKE.CO fell over 5 percent, the most on the STOXX 600, after shareholders voted against a proposal to break up the bank. leader May's Brexit plans were thrown into turmoil on Monday when the speaker of parliament ruled that she could not put her divorce deal to a new vote unless it was re-submitted in a fundamentally different form. Secretary Steve Barclay said on Tuesday that the decision meant there would be no vote this week. online supermarket Ocado OCDO.L overturned expectations of an initial fall to rise almost 3 percent as strong first quarter sales numbers outweighed the fallout of a fire last month at its flagship robotic distribution centre. specialty chemicals maker Wacker Chemie WCHG.DE dropped 2.3 percent after projecting "significantly" lower net income in 2019 compared with a year earlier.

France's telecoms operator Iliad ILD.PA dropped more than 2 percent after the company cut its cash-flow target for 2020 in France and added it was considering selling part of its mobile assets.

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