Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 5 to 19 points higher, or as
much as 0.3 percent higher on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers, with
futures indicating a 0.1 percent rise. For more on the factors affecting
European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index closed 35.92 points higher on Tuesday at 6,282.76,
as encouraging earnings reports helped the FTSE higher, with worries over the
euro zone receding on the back of encouraging PMI numbers, which measure
business activity in the region.
* UNILEVER - The consumer goods supplier is to go ex-dividend on
Wednesday, knocking 1.03 points off the index.
* ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND - The part-nationalised bank will be
punished on Wednesday for its role in a global interest rate rigging scandal,
with fines of between 400-500 million pounds ($783 million) expected. The bank
said on Wednesday it expected to pay "significant penalties" to settle
regulatory probes into interest rate rigging.
* VIRGIN MEDIA - John Malone's Liberty Global struck a
deal on Tuesday to buy British cable group Virgin Media for
about $15.75 billion in stock and cash
* HARGREAVES LANSDOWN - The asset management firm announced that
its total assets under administration have passed 30 billion pounds, up 30
percent from the end of 2011, with total net business inflows for last half up
* ENRC - Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation said that the
production of key commodities rose in the fourth quarter, and that it
anticipates delivering a strong operational performance across the group in
2013, with traders also hearing vague speculation about a takeover bid.
* DAILY MAIL AND GENERAL - The newspaper publisher reports that
revenues rose 3 percent year-on-year for the first quarter, trading in line with
* SSE - The energy company announces the sale of for wind farms to
Greencoat UK, dependent on Greencoat's successful listing and raising of
* AIRLINES - EasyJet's passenger traffic was up 4 percent in
January, it said on Wednesday, while Flybe agrees the transfer possible
transfer of a number of routes and aircraft to Ryanair conditional on
the Irish airline's successful bid for Aer Lingus.
Aer Lingus reports an operating profit up 40 percent year on year.
* WS ATKINS - The engineering consultancy said it is trading in line with
expectations, although negotiation over Middle East contracts continues to be
* WOLFSON - Wolfson Microelectronics says that fourth quarter
revenue is up 52 percent, with an operating profit of $1.5 million.
* UK CORPORATE DIARY: GLAXOSMITHKLINE releases Q4 results at 1200
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