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LONDON May 15 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening
6 to 8 points lower, or down as much as 0.1 percent, on Thursday, according to
financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please
* June futures for the index were down 0.2 percent by 0631 GMT.
* The benchmark index ended 0.08 percent higher at 6,878.49 points on
Wednesday after touching its highest level since December 1999 earlier in the
* CARPHONE WAREHOUSE, DIXONS RETAIL - The two companies
have agreed a 3.8 billion pounds ($6.38 billion) all-share merger, creating a
powerful pan-European mobile phone and electricals group with about 2,900
* OLD MUTUAL - Anglo-South African financial services group Old
Mutual said gross sales were up 24 percent in the first three months of 2014 on
a constant currency basis, ahead of expectations.
* LAND SECURITIES - Britain's largest listed property developer
posted a better than expected 12.2 percent rise in net asset value and announced
an end to its strategy of building London offices speculatively.
* AVIVA - The British insurer saw mixed performances from its
businesses in the first quarter of the year, with strong recoveries in Europe
partly offset by a volatile life market in the UK.
* THE LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE - The company reported a 50 percent rise
in full year reported revenue on Thursday, saying expansion in capital markets
infrastructure had boosted profits.
* Bank of England policymaker Ben Broadbent said on Thursday it was not
surprising that Britain's housing market was recovering along with the rest of
the economy and he did not see troubling levels of credit growth.
* ASTRAZENECA - The drugmaker's boss said on Wednesday he would
engage with Pfizer if the price was right and the risks posed from
forcing the British drugmaker's operations into the U.S. company's new
three-unit model were addressed.
* LLOYDS BANKING GROUP - State-backed Lloyds is braced for tough
questions from shareholders at its annual meeting on Thursday over a 7.8 million
pound ($13.1 million) pay package handed to Chief Executive Antonio
* Brent crude held steady above $110 a barrel on Thursday, close to its
highest in nearly three weeks, as on-going concerns over the crisis in Ukraine
outweighed mixed U.S. oil inventory data.
* London nickel plunged more than 6 percent on Thursday as light
profit-taking triggered heavy technical sales after supply concerns fuelled a
rally of more than 15 percent in the past week.
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(Reporting by Atul Prakash; editing by Blaise Robinson)