(Adds futures, company news items)
Oct 7 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up at
between 7,063-7,068 points, or 0.9-1.0 percent higher, according to financial
bookmakers, with futures up 0.28 percent ahead of the cash market open.
* The UK blue chip index closed down 0.5 percent at 6,999.96 points - still
near its record intraday high of 7,122.74 points reached in April 2015 with
budget airline easyJet sliding lower after issuing a profit warning.
* BHP BILLITON: Power is unlikely to be restored to the area near BHP
Billiton's Olympic Dam copper mine in South Australia before
Monday, nearly two weeks after a massive outage forced it to shut down, power
supplier ElectraNet said on Friday.
* SVG/HARBOURVEST: U.S. private equity firm HarbourVest Partners said it had
extended its $1.35 billion offer for smaller rival SVG Capital, even
after the British firm accepted an offer for its investment portfolio from
Goldman Sachs and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.
* RIO TINTO: Rio Tinto is waiting for word on the Mongolian
government's efforts to attract investment for railway and power infrastructure
projects that will boost the global miner's Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine, Chief
Executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques said.
* DEUTSCHE BANK: Two leading hedge funds which made big bets on Deutsche
Bank shares falling are now reducing their "short" positions, in a
sign of confidence in the stability of the lender.
* UK RETAILERS: Britain's fashion retailers endured a slump in sales in
September as unseasonably warm weather deterred sales of autumn and winter
collections, industry data showed on Friday.
* UK HIRING: British companies kept hiring staff last month after a brief
lull around June's European Union membership referendum, but pay growth for
temporary workers slowed, a monthly survey of recruitment agencies showed on
* STERLING: An outlying trade in sterling that created a fresh 31-year low
for the currency on Friday has been cancelled, said Thomson Reuters, which owns
the Reuters foreign exchange brokerage platform RTSL.
* BREXIT: French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday the EU needed
to remain firm with Britain after it appeared that Prime Minister Theresa May
had opted for a tougher exit from Europe.
* BREXIT: More than half the money donated to groups campaigning in
Britain's EU membership referendum was given by 10 individuals or companies,
according to research published on Friday, raising questions over the outsized
influence of the wealthy on politics.
* BOE: Prime Minister Theresa May's comments on the distributional
consequences of the Bank of England's low interest rate policy are not an attack
on the central bank's independence, Governor Mark Carney said on Friday.
* AUSTRALIA MINING: Australia on Friday raised its 2016 average price
forecasts for its two highest-grossing exports, iron ore and coal, citing a
surprise upturn in demand from steelmakers in China.
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(Reporting by Rahul B in Bengaluru; Editing by Amrutha Gayathri and Sunil Nair)