June 24 (Reuters) – European shares were set to rise on Thursday, snapping two consecutive sessions of losses, tracking gains in Asia on hopes new Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard would compromise on a controversial mining tax.
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At 0601 GMT, futures for the STOXX Europe 50 STXEc1, Germany’s DAX FDXc1 and France’s CAC 40 FCEc1 were up 0.4 to 0.7 percent.
Mining stocks were expected to be a focus, after mining shares in Australia gained around 1.5 percent, encouraged by new Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s comments about seeking negotiations with the miners over the super tax. (Reporting by Joanne Frearson)