Oct 6 - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 16 points higher at 5,959 on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers. * HOVIS: Milan-listed Newlat Food said on Monday it had made a non-binding offer for Hovis, the 134-year old British bread maker, which is owned by Premier Foods and The Gores Group. * VIRGIN ATLANTIC: Virgin Atlantic has started testing cabin crew and pilots for COVID-19 on some flights, as industry hopes grow the British government is close to allowing more widespread airport testing that could help the country's travel sector recover. * OIL: Oil prices edged higher in early trade on Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump returned to the White House after being admitted to a hospital for COVID-19 treatment last Friday, while another storm brewed in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. * GOLD: Gold prices dipped on Tuesday, as equities gained after U.S. President Donald Trump was discharged from hospital after treatment for a coronavirus infection, though a softer dollar limited losses. * The UK blue-chip index closed 0.7% higher on Monday, lifted by oil stocks as crude prices jumped after doctors treating U.S. President Donald Trump for COVID-19 hinted that he was doing well, while Cineworld fell sharply after it said it was considering temporarily closing all U.S. and UK screens. * UK CORPORATE DIARY: Restaurant Group Plc Interim results * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: TODAY'S UK PAPERS > Financial Times > Other business headlines (Reporting by Samantha Machado in Bengaluru; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi)
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