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April 28 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 1
point at 7,238 on Friday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures
up 0.10 percent ahead of the cash market open.
* HASTINGS: British insurer Hastings Group Plc reported on Friday a
26 percent rise in first-quarter gross written premiums, boosted by a growth in
the number of policies and higher premiums.
* JUST EAT: Online food delivery company Just Eat Plc said on Friday
that Executive Chairman John Hughes had taken a leave of absence to undergo
treatment for a medical condition.
* LLOYDS: The British government has reduced its holding in Lloyds Banking
Group PLC to less than 1 percent, putting the lender on track to be in
full private ownership within weeks.
* BARCLAYS: Barclays reported its first quarter profit more than
doubled on Friday, driven by lower losses in its non-core unit even as the
British bank booked a one-off charge on its Africa business.
* BREXIT: As Britain prepares to negotiate its EU departure, a number of
banks are likely to decide within two months where to set up new continental
bases to make sure they can keep serving clients in the bloc after
* BARCLAYS: British bank Barclays Plc faces shareholder revolt over
whistleblower inquiry after a corporate governance firm advised shareholders not
to back his re-election to the board, The Times reported on Friday. (bit.ly/2qdvJ63)
* BP: BP Plc was restoring production on Thursday afternoon at two
crude distillation units at its 413,500 barrel per day (bpd) Whiting, Indiana,
refinery after performing work on an electrical power substation, said sources
familiar with plant operations.
* OLD MUTUAL: Britain's Old Mutual Plc said it would sell its 26
percent stake in Kotak Mahindra Old Mutual Life Insurance Ltd to Kotak Mahindra
Bank Ltd KTKM.NS for about 12.93 billion rupees ($201.7 million).
* MARKS: British retailer Marks & Spencer is to trial an online
grocery shopping service this year, it said on Thursday, conceding it could no
longer ignore the fastest growing segment of the market.
* ROYAL BANK: Royal Bank of Scotland has reached an out-of-court
settlement with another batch of shareholders who alleged they were misled
during a 12 billion-pound ($15.5 billion) cash call in 2008, the state-owned
bank said on Thursday.
* BHP: BHP Billiton, is advancing with the sale of its
small Cerro Colorado copper mine in Chile and there are a number of interested
parties, although finalizing the deal will likely take some months, the mine's
union said on Thursday.
* GOLD: Gold was little changed on Friday and poised for the biggest weekly
fall in seven weeks as investors sought out higher returns than those from
holding the non-interest bearing yellow metal by buying into riskier
* OIL: Oil prices stabilised on Friday but were on track for a second
straight weekly loss on concerns that an OPEC-led production cut has failed to
significantly tighten an oversupplied market.
* The UK blue chip index closed down 0.7 percent at 7,237.17 points on
Thursday, snapping a three-day winning streak as miners and ex-dividends
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(Reporting by Harish Bhaskar)