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LONDON, April 14 Britain's FTSE 100
index is seen opening lower on Monday, with June futures for the
index down 0.5 percent by 0621 GMT, following further
declines on Wall Street and as tensions in Ukraine mounted. For
more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The FTSE 100 index fell 80.27 points, or 1.2 percent, to
6,561.70 points on Friday, with technology stocks among the
hardest hit as the UK's benchmark equity index suffered its
biggest weekly loss in a month with a 2 percent drop.
That leaves the index, which got close to its best level
since early 2000 in January, down about 2.8 percent this year.
* U.S. stocks sank on Friday, with the biotech and other
momentum stocks again dragging the Nasdaq Composite down
1.3 percent, to close at 3,999.734, falling below the 4,000 mark
for the first time since early February.
* Ukraine gave pro-Russian separatists a Monday morning
deadline to disarm or face a "full-scale anti-terrorist
operation" by its armed forces, raising the risk of a military
confrontation with Russia, while the United Nations Security
Council held an emergency session on Sunday night to discuss the
* GLENCORE XSTRATA : Glencore Xstrata has sold its
interest in the Las Bambas copper mine in Peru to a Chinese
consortium in a $6 billion cash deal, making it one of China's
largest mining acquisitions in recent years.
* ANGLO AMERICAN : Anglo American is seeking
compensation from Venezuela at a World Bank tribunal over the
2012 cancellation of mining concessions by late president Hugo
* GLAXOSMITHKLINE : The drugmaker is facing a
criminal investigation in Poland for allegedly bribing doctors
to promote its asthma drug Seretide, BBC Panorama reported.
* BANKS: Europe's largest banks cut their staff by another
3.5 percent last year and the prospect of a return to pre-crisis
employment levels seems far off, despite the region's fledgling
Separately, the European Union will sign off on a slew of
major reforms this week to allow failing banks to be wound down
without public money, clearing its desk before elections in May
that may lead to a slower pace of legislation.
Also, British investors have called upon investment banks to
stick closer to lock-up agreements on sales of company shares
after a major transaction, saying it would ensure more stable
* British home-owners are increasingly upbeat about the
housing market and are more willing to sell than at any time
since April 2011, a survey by mortgage lender Halifax showed.
* AEROSPACE AND DEFENCE FIRMS: Britain's aerospace and
defence industries warned on Sunday that the sector could lose
its global competitive edge as a result of Scotland's bid for
independence, which is due to be decided by a referendum later
Britain is home to a number of major aerospace and defence
industry firms such as BAE Systems, Cobham and
* ROYAL DUTCH SHELL, BP : Royal Dutch Shell
and BP have signed deals to supply Kuwait with liquefied natural
gas over the next few years, a Kuwait Petroleum Corp. official
was quoted as saying.
* TESCO : Tesco is expected to report a 6 percent
fall in annual profit this week, a second straight decline which
would pile the pressure on boss Phil Clarke who is struggling to
turn around Britain's biggest retailer.
* PUNCH TAVERNS : Britain's second biggest pubs group
has brought in an independent corporate restructuring expert to
aid long-running discussions over its 2.3 billion pound ($3.85
billion) debt mountain, the Telegraph reported.
* CIGARETTE FIRMS: Certain sections of the World Health
Organisation are keen to categorise e-cigarettes as tobacco and
regulate them as normal cigarettes, according to leaked
documents seen by the Financial Times.
Also, South Korea's state health insurer said it was seeking
an initial 53.7 billion won ($51.9 million) from three tobacco
companies, including the local units of British American Tobacco
, to offset treatment costs for diseases linked to
* AGGREKO : The world's leading temporary power
provider aims to double its output in Ivory Coast to around 400
megawatts within two years to meet demand from the country's
rapidly growing economy, a senior company official said.
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(Reporting by Tricia Wright, additional reporting by Blaise
Robinson; editing by Atul Prakash)