LONDON, April 29 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen
opening 7 to 10 points higher, or up as much as 0.2 percent, on Tuesday,
according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European
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* June futures for the index were up 0.3 percent by 0630 GMT.
* The UK blue chip index closed 14.47 points, or 0.2 percent, higher at
6,700.16 points in the previous session.
* Britain's economy is likely to have come within a whisker of finally
recovering its pre-recession size when data is released at 0830 GMT. Gross
domestic product figures are also likely to show Britain notched up its fastest
economic growth in nearly four years in the first three months of 2014.
* BP - The British oil firm posted quarterly profit slightly above
forecasts and upped its dividend for the second time in six months, in line with
a pledge made earlier this year to focus on returning more cash to shareholders.
* WHITBREAD - The owner of Britain's Premier Inn hotel and Costa
Coffee chains posted a better-than-expected 16.5 percent rise in full-year
profit and said trading in the first two months of its new year had started
* ST. JAMES'S PLACE - British wealth manager St. James's Place said
it had started the year strongly, taking in 1.2 billion pounds ($2.02 billion)
in new money, up 26 percent on the year earlier.
* BRITISH LAND COMPANY - The company said it sold two retail parks
for 78 million sterling ($131.10 million), adding that over the last 12 months,
it had sold 386 million sterling of retail assets.
* BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO - The company expects compliance with
new European regulation on cigarettes to cost it 100 million to 200 million
pounds over the next two years as it upgrades its machines to meet new packaging
* SHIRE - Allergan Inc, facing an unsolicited bid from
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc, is preparing to approach
Shire again with a potential takeover offer after being rebuffed in recent
months, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.
* BARCLAYS - Three U.S.-based former Barclays traders will be
charged by Britain's Serious Fraud Office as part of its probe into the alleged
manipulation of the Libor interbank rate, the Financial Times reported.
* Brent crude held steady above $108 a barrel after posting its biggest
daily fall in nearly a month on an imminent rise in Libyan exports, while
investors shrugged off more U.S. sanctions on Russia.
* London copper steadied but was below a near two-month high, underpinned by
tight supply in China, while top performer nickel was held below near 15-month
highs on fading momentum ahead of a slew of holidays in Asia this week.
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(Reporting by Atul Prakash; Editing by Francesco Canepa)