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Oct 6 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 5
points, or 0.1 percent, on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers, with
futures up 0.31 percent ahead of the cash market open.
* The UK blue chip index closed 0.6 percent lower on Wednesday at 7,033
points, with miner Polymetal slumping following concerns about its
dividend payout and United Utilities hit by a broker downgrade.
* DEUTSCHE BANK: International Monetary Fund officials sought to play down
the risk of an imminent crisis over Deutsche Bank on Wednesday and
expressed confidence that German and European authorities were working to ensure
* BAE SYSTEMS: British defence group BAE Systems said it expected
more orders for its Typhoon fighter jets following talks with current and
prospective customers, as it reiterated its forecast for full-year
* SVG CAPITAL: British private equity firm SVG Capital Plc said it
had agreed on commercial terms for a proposed sale of its investment portfolio
to a consortium that included Goldman Sachs and the Canadian Pension Plan
Investment Board (CPPIB) for 748 million pounds ($950 million).
* EASYJET: easyJet said annual profit would fall by over 25 percent
this year, its first drop since 2009, after disruption, security concerns and
exchange rate headwinds hit the British airline.
* DFS FURNITURE: British furniture retailer DFS Furniture Plc said
its full-year gross sales rose 7.4 percent to 980.4 million pounds ($1.25
billion) helped by strong performance of its branded products range.
* DIAGEO: Diageo has scrapped plans to lift its stake in Guinness
Nigeria due to tough conditions in one of its biggest markets for
the world-famous stout, the drinks company said on Wednesday.
* GLENCORE: Australia's competition watchdog raised concerns about bids from
the nation's two biggest coal haulers for Glencore Plc's coal rail
business and said it would decide by December whether to allow them to go ahead.
* SHELL: Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp is looking to raise up
to $400 million from an initial public offering (IPO), rather than its initial
target of over $600 million, after setting a price range of 64 to 70 pesos a
share, IFR reported on Thursday.
* OIL: Oil futures dipped on Thursday after Saudi Arabia trimmed the price
of its flagship crude to Asia, but were still near more than three-month highs
following a drop in U.S. crude inventories.
* VOLKSWAGEN: Audi's labour boss has called on the carmaker's top management
to build more electric models in Germany and extend a job guarantee for workers
in its home market beyond 2018.
* DEUTSCHE TELEKOM: Deutsche Telekom and United Internet
are preparing rival bids for German web hosting provider Host Europe
Group (HEG) ahead of an Oct. 10 deadline for non-binding offers, sources
involved in the process told Reuters.
* EX-DIVS: Aviva Plc, British Land Co, Kingfisher,
Sky, Smith & Nephew, Travis Perkins and WPP will
trade without entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming
4.05 points off the FTSE 100 according to Reuters calculations
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(Reporting by Vidya L Nathan in Bengaluru, Editing by Sunil Nair)