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LONDON May 23 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening
flat on Friday, while the June FTSE futures contract slipped 0.1 percent
by 0620 GMT, with uncertainty over European elections seen pegging back markets.
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* The UK blue chip index ended flat on Thursday at 6,820.56 points.
* EU ELECTIONS:
Britain's anti-EU UKIP party has made strong gains in local elections,
taking seats from both Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives and the
opposition Labour party, according to early results on Friday.
* ASTRAZENECA :
BlackRock Inc, AstraZeneca Plc's largest shareholder, wants the drugmaker to
resume talks with Pfizer Inc about a potential sale eventually, but
backs its decision this week to reject Pfizer's current bid, according to two
people familiar with the matter.
* SAGA IPO:
Saga IPO-SAGA.L, the UK insurance and holidays firm for the over-50s, has
priced its London share listing at the bottom of its original range, the company
said on Friday, valuing the company at 2.1 billion pounds ($3.5 billion).
* SMITHS GROUP :
Technology company Smiths Group warned on profitability at its detection
* GO-AHEAD /FIRST GROUP :
Britain on Friday awarded a contract to run the expanded Thameslink rail
network in London to Govia, a joint venture led by transport operator Go-Ahead,
in a blow for FirstGroup which currently operates part of the line.
* CLOSE BROTHERS :
British lender Close Brothers said the loan book of its banking division
grew to 5.1 billion pounds during the third quarter and that it was confident of
delivering a "strong" result for the financial year.
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(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Atul Prakash)