LONDON Aug 27 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening
lower on Wednesday, with September futures on the index down 0.2 percent
at 0624 GMT. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue-chip index closed up by 0.7 percent, or 47.51 points, at
6,822.76 points - its highest closing level since early July.
* ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND : Britain's financial regulator said on
Wednesday that it had fined Royal Bank of Scotland and its NatWest division 14.5
million pounds ($24 million) for failings in the way it sold mortgage to
* BG GROUP : The energy major said on Wednesday the Mzia well test
supports potential hub development offshore Tanzania.
* EVRAZ : Russia's largest steelmaker said on Wednesday it swung to
a first-half net profit of $1 million after a year ago loss of $146 million due
to asset optimisation and cost efficiency gains, but missed analysts
* GLENCORE : The commodity trader and miner and Chinese nickel
producer Jinchuan Group are the front runners to buy BHP Billiton's
Australian Nickel West division, a source close to the situation said.
* Four UK blue-chip stocks are due to go ex-dividend on Wednesday, shaving
up to 2.05 points off the FTSE 100 according to Reuters calculations.
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(Reporting By Francesco Canepa; editing by Blaise Robinson)