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Oct 2 - Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening 16 points lower at 5,863 on Friday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures seen down 0.9% ahead of cash market open.
* CENTAMIN: Centamin Plc forecast a fall in annual production after the gold miner delayed its open-pit mining operations at its key Sukari mine in Egypt.
* DRAPER ESPRIT: London-based venture capital firm Draper Esprit said on Thursday it plans to raise 100 million pounds ($128.65 million) in equity to invest in digital transition opportunities brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
* IAG: British Airways owner IAG announced the results of its 2.74-billion-euro capital increase, saying on Thursday that it sold 100% of the new shares in its plan to help strengthen its pandemic-hit finances.
* GOLD: Gold was headed on Friday for its best weekly gain in nearly two months, despite prices slipping from a more than one-week high as the dollar strengthened amid doubts regarding the U.S. stimulus package.
* OIL: Oil prices extended losses to more than 3% on Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump said he had tested positive for the coronavirus, while a U.S. stimulus package eluded negotiators amid ongoing worries about demand.
* The UK blue-chip index closed up 0.2% on Thursday on hopes of more U.S. stimulus and signs that the British government would not impose another sweeping national lockdown, but a slide in oil stocks capped gains.
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> Other business headlines ($1 = 0.7773 pounds) (Reporting by Samantha Machado and Aakash Jagadeesh Babu in Bengaluru; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi)
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