LONDON Jan 29 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening
43 to 48 points higher, or as much as 0.7 percent, on Wednesday, according to
* Futures for the FTSE 100 index were up 0.7 percent at 0730 GMT.
* The UK blue chip index closed up 21.67 points, or 0.3 percent, at 6,572.33
points in the previous session, rebounding from technical support at the 200-day
moving average around 6,556.64 points.
* ROYAL DUTCH SHELL : The British oil firm said on Wednesday it had
agreed to sell a 23 percent stake in a Brazilian oil project to Qatar Petroleum
International for $1 billion.
* The U.S. Federal Reserve is likely to trim its bond-buying stimulus
further on Wednesday despite turmoil in emerging markets and a month of
disappointing job growth at home.
* Britain's house price surge slowed in January after the biggest monthly
jump in more than four years in December, mortgage lender Nationwide said,
although on an annual basis prices continue to rocket higher.
* ANGLO AMERICAN - The miner's iron ore production rose more than
expected in the fourth quarter, recovering from trouble at the division's
largest mine and copper output also rose to a quarterly record.
* CARPHONE WAREHOUSE - Europe's largest independent mobile phone
retailer has signed a "preferred partner" agreement with Samsung Electronics
that will see it operate over 60 Samsung stand-alone stores across
* ANTOFAGASTA - Chilean miner Antofagasta said its cash costs for
this year would be in line with 2013, as it posted record full year copper
* Asian markets rallied after Turkey stunned investors with a huge hike in
interest rates, stirring hopes drastic action would short-circuit a vicious
cycle of selling in emerging markets and revive risk appetite.
* British online appliances retailer AO.com is looking at valuing its
initial public offering at 1 billion pounds ($1.66 billion) to 1.2 billion
pounds in late 2014, the Financial Times reported.
* London copper edged up on Wednesday, moving away from a seven-week low hit
in the previous session after a surprise rate hike by Turkey soothed jitters
over emerging market growth.
* MULBERRY - British luxury fashion group Mulberry warned its annual
profit would be substantially below market forecasts after heavy discounting
over Christmas hurt its UK sales and its wholesale business was hit by order
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