LONDON Feb 20 Britain's FTSE 100 index
is seen opening down 44-45 points, or 0.7 percent lower, on
Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.
* Darkening the mood, China's flash Markit/HSBC Purchasing
Managers' Index (PMI) fell to a seven-month low of 48.3 in
February from January's final reading of 49.5. A reading below
50 indicates a contraction while one above shows expansion.
* The UK blue chip index closed up 0.28 points - flat in
percentage terms - at 6,796.71 points on Wednesday. It hit
6,810.48, its highest since late January, earlier in the day.
The index has seen a rally of around 6 percent since early
* UK CORPORATE DIARY:
BAE SYSTEMS reports full-year results
CENTRICA reports full-year results
REXAM reports full-year results
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