LONDON, April 12 Britain's FTSE 100 is set to open 31 to
32 points lower, or as much as 0.50 percent down, on Friday according to
financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please
* Britain's top share index rose for the fourth consecutive day on Thursday,
helped by a surge in retailer Marks & Spencer and financial stocks as
well as by strong data on the U.S. economy.
The FTSE 100 closed up 28.77 points, or 0.5 percent, to 6,416.14 points,
having extended gains in the afternoon after better-than-expected jobless claims
data from the United States, the world's largest economy
* XSTRATA : The miner and Tohoku Electric Power Co have
settled the first Japanese annual coal import contract for the fiscal year
beginning April 1 at $95 per tonne, sources said on Friday, down about $20 from
a year earlier.
* RIO TINTO : The global miner said on Thursday that it had suspended
work at its Bingham Canyon mine near Salt Lake City, Utah, after a land slide
late on Wednesday.
* CPP Group : The firm announced late on Thursday a further one week
extension to the maturity of the group's revolving credit facility to 19 April
2013 as it continues discussions with its existing lenders and others in
relation to a number of financing and strategic options.
* UK CORPORATE DIARY:
Aggreko, temporary power provider
XP Power, maker of power control components to the electronics
AFC Energy, the industrial fuel cell power company,
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