Nov 4 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 46 points higher at 5,833 on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers. * BP: British oil major BP is close to selling its central London headquarters for about 250 million pounds ($325.28 million)as the coronavirus pandemic has forced the company to cut costs, the Financial Times reported. * UK REGULATOR: The British government is in talks with U.S. data analytics company Palantir Technologies Inc in an attempt to strengthen its test-and-trace program for COVID-19, the Financial Times reported. * GOLD: Gold fell as the dollar strengthened after U.S. President Donald Trump grabbed an early lead in the key state of Florida, muddying the path for his Democratic rival Joe Biden. * OIL: Oil rose around 2% after industry data showed crude inventories in the United States fell sharply, but trading was choppy as the outcome of the U.S. presidential election remained unclear. * The UK blue-chip index closed 2.3% higher on Tuesday, getting a boost from banks on rising bets of more stimulus measures to soften the economic blow from a new wave of coronavirus infections. * UK CORPORATE DIARY: Marks and Spencer Group Plc HY results Provident Financial Plc Q3 trading statement * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: TODAY'S UK PAPERS > Financial Times > Other business headlines ($1 = 0.7686 pounds) (Reporting by Priyanshi Mandhan)
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