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Dec 23 Britain's FTSE 100 futures were up 0.1 percent on
Friday ahead of the cash market open.
European markets are expected to have a quiet session as it is only a
half-day on the London Stock Exchange, with the British market shutting at 1230
* The UK blue chip index ended up 0.3 percent on Thursday in thin
pre-Christmas volumes, led by gains in the energy sector and among precious
* BARCLAYS: The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday sued Barclays Plc
and two former executives on civil charges of fraud in the sale of
mortgage-backed securities during the run-up to the 2008-09 financial crisis.
Barclays said it rejects claims made in the complaint.
* DEUTSCHE BANK: Deutsche Bank has agreed to a $7.2 billion
settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over its sale and pooling of
toxic mortgage securities in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis.
* CREDIT SUISSE: Credit Suisse had agreed in principle to pay U.S.
authorities $2.48 billion to settle claims it misled investors in residential
mortgage-backed securities it sold in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis,
the Swiss bank said on Friday.
* IAG: British Airways cabin crew have called off a planned
Christmas strike, trade union Unite said on Thursday.
* MAIL.RU: Russia's second-biggest mobile operator Megafon said on
Friday it would buy a majority stake in internet group Mail.ru from
the two companies' common shareholder Alisher Usmanov for $740 million.
* LSE: In advancing their planned merger, the German exchange operator
Deutsche Boerse and its London counterpart LSE appear to be
prepared for further compromises with the German state of Hesse and provide the
regulator with a permanent veto right, FAZ reported citing unnamed sources.
* UK CONSUMER CONFIDENCE: British consumer confidence fell this month to its
lowest level since the immediate aftermath of the EU referendum, crimped by
worries around rising inflation pressures, a survey by YouGov and the Centre for
Economics and Business Research showed on Friday.
* OIL: Oil prices slipped on Friday in thin Asian trade ahead of the
Christmas and New Year holidays, eroding some of the gains in the previous
session as traders took profits.
* METALS: London copper eyed a second week of losses on Friday, but was on
track for its biggest annual gain since 2010 on signs of a global economic
recovery as investors locked in profits on the final trading day before the
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(Reporting by Noor Zainab Hussain in Bengaluru; Editing by Sunil Nair)