LONDON, April 30 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen
opening up by 15 to 17 points, or as much as 0.3 percent higher on Tuesday,
according to financial bookmakers, helped by expectations of continued central
bank stimulus measures. For more on the factors affecting European stocks,
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* The UK blue chip index closed up 0.5 percent, or 31.60 points higher, at
6,458.02 points on Monday.
* On the macroeconomic front, the Bank of England is due to release mortgage
data at 0830 GMT, while U.S consumer confidence data is due at 1400 GMT.
* BP : The oil major said its second-quarter reported output would be
* LLOYDS : State-backed Lloyds Banking Group reported a jump in
first-quarter profits on the back of improved margins and lower costs on
Tuesday, and raised the amount it expects to save from shrinking the bank.
* IMPERIAL TOBACCO : The tobacco group said it expects full year
earnings per share to be at the lower end of its 4-8 percent target range, as
the Davidoff and Gauloises cigarette maker posted a fall in profits amid the
difficult European climate.
* WHITBREAD : The hotel and restaurant group posted higher profits
and set new growth targets.
* CARPHONE WAREHOUSE : The mobile phone retailer said it was buying
out its joint venture partner Best Buy Co Inc for 471 million pounds
($730 million), ending a five-year relationship.
* ASOS : The British online fashion retailer ASOS posted an 11
percent rise in first half profit and remained positive on its outlook for the
year, saying trading momentum was strong.
* STAGECOACH : The transport group said it was on track to meet its
full-year earnings target.
* LONMIN : The mining group said it had to shut down a furnace
* WOLFSON : The microelectronics group said it expected strong
first-half sales growth.
* UNILEVER : Anglo-Dutch company Unilever will acquire about 487
million shares, or 22.52 percent, of India's Hindustan Unilever in a
deal valued at about $5.4 billion.
* British consumer confidence dropped unexpectedly in April, mainly as a
result of worsening personal finances, a survey from researchers GfK NOP showed
* Britain intends to implement a tougher version of European Union rules on
capital adequacy for its own insurers, even at the risk of a legal challenge in
the bloc's courts, a top regulator has said.
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