LONDON, April 23 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen
opening flat to up by 1 point, according to financial bookmakers. For more on
the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index closed up by 0.9 percent, or 56.51 points, at
6,681.76 points on Tuesday.
* CHINESE DATA:
Data showed on Wednesday China's HSBC/Markit flash Purchasing Managers Index
(PMI) for April rose to 48.3 from March's final reading of 48.0, with analysts
seeing the figure as an initial sign of stabilisation in the economy following
the government's targeted measures to support growth.
* GLENCORE XSTRATA :
Nigeria has awarded most of its long-term oil contracts worth an estimated
$40 billion a year to local companies, according to a confidential list seen by
Reuters, meaning global traders need to partner with them to access crude from
Africa's top producer.
* BP :
Oil major BP sold four Alaska oilfields for an undisclosed sum, while the
high-stakes penalty phase of BP's trial over its role in the 2010 U.S. Gulf of
Mexico oil spill will start next January, court officials said.
* SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE:
An independent Scotland would work closely with northern England to boost
its economy and job opportunities, Scottish leader Alex Salmond will say on
Wednesday in a bid to allay concerns south of the border about Scotland quitting
the United Kingdom.
* EXECUTIVE PAY:
British Business Secretary Vince Cable on Tuesday warned banks and other
major companies to rein in excessive executive pay or face tighter rules, in a
letter aimed at Barclays and other FTSE 100 companies ahead of their
annual general meetings.
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(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta)