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Nov 2 (Reuters) - Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening 13 points lower at 5,564 on Monday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures down 0.27% ahead of cash market open.
* RYANAIR: Ireland’s Ryanair Holdings PLC posted a loss for its key summer period for the first time in decades, and warned that the COVID-19 crisis could force further cuts and leave capacity next summer as little as half of normal levels.
* HISCOX: Insurer Hiscox said it reserved $75 million for catastrophe claims in the third quarter, with the most active North American wind season on record and another significant wildfire season in California.
* OCADO: Ocado, the British online supermarket and technology group would buy two robotics companies for a total of $287 million.
* ASSOCIATED BRITISH FOODS: Associated British Foods, the owner of clothing retailer Primark, said it estimated it would lose 375 million pounds ($484 million) of sales from temporary closures of its stores in major markets due to COVID-19 restrictions.
* GVC: Ladbrokes and bwin owner GVC warned of a 43 million pound ($55.5 million) hit to profit if its gambling stores remained closed for all of November under Britain’s latest coronavirus lockdown.
* GOLD: Gold ticked higher as caution crept in ahead of Tuesday’s hotly contested U.S. presidential elections, sparking some bids for the safe-haven metal, though a resilient dollar capped gains.
* OIL: Oil prices fell more than 3% on worries a swathe of coronavirus lockdowns across Europe will weaken fuel demand, while traders braced for turbulence during the U.S. presidential election week.
* The UK blue-chip index closed 0.1% lower on Friday, logging its biggest monthly drop since a brutal sell-off in March, as a new wave of regional COVID-19 restrictions threatened a nascent economic recovery.
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