LONDON Feb 10 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening
up 20 to 25 points, or 0.3 percent higher, on Monday, according to financial
bookmakers, with futures gaining 0.4 percent ahead of the cash market
* The UK blue chip index closed 13.40 points higher on Friday at 6,571.68,
led by mining companies, which were helped by an upbeat outlook from steelmaker
* UTILITIES - Britain's Energy Secretary Ed Davey has written to regulators
saying profit margins of big energy companies' gas supply units are too high,
and suggesting dominant player British Gas, owned by Centrica, may have
to be broken up, the Financial Times reported late on Sunday.
* VODAFONE - The British telecom company has made a formal bid for
ONO which will be studied at the cable firm's next board meeting on February 11,
newspaper Expansion reported on Saturday.
* BARCLAYS - The British bank said it had launched an investigation
after the Mail on Sunday reported that the personal details of 27,000 customers
had been stolen and sold, raising the prospect of new fines for the bank.
The Sunday Times also reported that Barclays is to slash the size of its
investment bank by a fifth as part of its efforts to win back the trust of the
Bank of England.
* CATLIN - The mid-cap insurance group announced a 27 percent
increase in full year profit, with a 5 percent increase in dividend, adding that
it remains optimistic on 2014.
* HYDER CONSULTING - The consulting firm says it expects results for
the current financial year to be materially below current market expectations,
hit by delays in new contract awards in Australia and project delays in the
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