LONDON Jan 30 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening
flat to 3 points higher, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the
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* The UK blue chip index closed 44.78 points higher, or 0.7 percent, on
Thursday at 6,339.19, posting its highest close since May 2008 after miners
rallied strongly, with sentiment supported by improving in U.S. housing data.
* Focus will be on the U.S. Federal Reserve's statement after a two-day
policy meeting, with investors looking for hints as to whether stimulus measures
are still needed to help support the world's biggest economy.
* China's top think tank lifted on Tuesday its economic growth forecast for
2013 to 8.4 percent from 8.2 percent, with faster expansion seen in the first
half of the year.
* BP - A U.S. judge accepted an agreement by the oil company to
plead guilty for its role in the Deepwater Horizon disaster and pay a record $4
billion in criminal penalties for the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history,
drawing a line under federal suits against the firm but not civil or state
* AGGREKO - The emergency energy provider fell in Thursday's trade
due to fears about a fresh profit warning, according to the Daily Mail's market
report. The rumours come less than two months since their last one wiped over 20
percent off their share price.
* UK CORPORATE DIARY:
IMPERIAL TOBACCO to issue a trading update; RENISHAW issues
first half trading results; UNITED UTILITIES issues a trading update and
SAFESTORE HOLDINGS issues preliminary results.
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