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London: The euro dipped, European shares were little changed and some commodities recovered in cautious trade on Tuesday as investors remained concerned about global growth and waited for Spain to unveil plans to resolve its fiscal problems.

A report in a German newspaper saying the Bundesbank was checking the legality of the latest move by the European Central Bank (ECB) to ease the region’s debt crisis also weighed in the fixed income markets.

“The near term outlook is likely to remain one of caution until some progress in the euro zone is in evidence," said Mitul Kotecha, head of global FX strategy for Credit Agricole.

Later this week, Spain is due to present its draft budget plan for 2013, outline new structural reforms for its economy, and release the results of stress tests on the banking sector.

The FTSE Eurofirst 300 index of top European shares, which has surged in the third quarter partly due to the efforts by ECB’s to ease the burden on heavily-indebted euro zone nations, was unchanged in early trade. However, the main German and French stock indexes opened lower.

The euro inched down 0.1% to $1.2915, retracing some of the gains made since ECB president Mario Draghi’s promise to do whatever it took to preserve the currency and the US Federal Reserve’s decision to ease policy.

German Bund futures inched up 15 ticks to 140.40 on fears that any Bundesbank challenge to ECB latest debt plan may delay its implementation.

In commodity markets, where concerns about slowing global growth predominate, copper prices rebounded slightly to $8,227.75 per tonne from one-week lows hit on Monday, while gold steadied around its mid-September lows at $1,765.10 an ounce.

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