LONDON, Sept 3 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening
on Wednesday between 6 and 9 points higher, or as much as 0.1 percent, according
to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks,
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* Futures for the index were up 0.3 percent at 0631 GMT.
* The UK blue chip index closed 0.06 percent higher at 6,829.17 points in
the previous session after rising up to 6,849.28 points, the highest level since
* Brent crude rose towards $101 a barrel on Wednesday, pulling away from a
16-month low hit in the previous session, supported by encouraging U.S.
* ASHTEAD - The British industrial equipment hire group raised its
full-year guidance after it posted a 33 percent rise in first-quarter pretax
profits on strong demand from the United States and Britain.
* ROLLS-ROYCE HOLDINGS - The United Kingdom's Serious Fraud Office
plans to make more arrests in its investigation against bribery allegations at
jet-engine maker Rolls-Royce, the agency's director David Green said in an
interview to Bloomberg.
* LLOYDS BANKING GROUP - The bank is considering having its
registered office in London rather than Edinburgh should Scots vote for
independence, banking industry sources told Reuters.
* HARGREAVES LANSDOWN - The company said its total assets under
administration rose 29 percent at 46.9 billion pounds ($77.24 billion), It
announced a total dividend of 32 pence per share.
* BP - The oil major asked a U.S. court on Tuesday to fire the
court-appointed lawyer tasked with paying out compensation to people affected by
the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, saying the lawyer had not disclosed an
alleged conflict of interest before taking the job.
* Iron ore prices have fallen to their lowest point in two years as
cash-strapped Chinese traders desert the market amid flagging property sales and
a growing supply glut.
* London copper drifted on Wednesday in low volume trade, with expectations
of fresh supply weighing on prices and dampening investor interest.
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(1 US dollar = 0.6072 British pound)
(Reporting by Atul Prakash; editing by Blaise Robinson)