LONDON Feb 4 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening
36 to 44 points lower, or down as much as 0.7 percent, on Tuesday, according to
* At 0730 GMT, futures for Britain's FTSE 100 were down 0.6 percent.
* The UK blue chip index closed 44.78 points lower, or 0.7 percent, at
6,465.66 on Monday.
* BP - BP posted a 37 percent drop in fourth quarter profit due to a
weaker performance in both its production and refining businesses and said it
would increase the accounting provision for the 2010 oil spill by $200 million.
* BG - Oil and gas producer BG Group, which reported a major profit
warning last week due to turmoil in Egypt, reported fourth-quarter earnings of
$1.14 billion on Tuesday, in line with analyst forecasts.
* ARM HOLDINGS - The British chip designer met earnings expectations
in the fourth quarter as licence sales offset slower growth in royalties from
the use of its technology in smartphones made by Apple and Samsung
* OCADO - British online grocer Ocado posted a wider loss for its
2012-13 financial year, but said it was well positioned for 2013-14 - a year
when analysts expect it to make a pretax profit for the first time.
* TRINITY MIRROR - British newspaper publisher Trinity Mirror said
2013 adjusted profit would beat market forecasts after better than expected
trade in November and December, but added it would also take some hefty
* British retailers saw a huge increase in overseas Internet shoppers in the
fourth quarter of 2013, reflecting investment in their online businesses,
industry data showed on Tuesday.
* London copper extended losses into a tenth consecutive session after U.S.
manufacturing lost steam in January, stoking some demand concerns and further
souring sentiment already tarnished by moderating growth in China.
* The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) said its index of U.S. national
factory activity fell to 51.3 last month, its lowest level since May 2013, from
56.5 in December, pointing to some loss of steam in the economy.
* Brent oil hovered at around $106 a barrel on Tuesday as a frigid winter
boosted heating oil demand in Europe and the United States, offsetting weak
economic data from the United States and China.
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