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LONDON, June 25 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening
31 to 43 points lower, or as much as 0.6 percent, on Wednesday, according to
financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please
* Futures for the index are down 0.5 percent by 0627 GMT.
* The UK blue chip index closed down 0.2 percent at 6,787.07 points in the
* Brent crude inched lower, but held close to a nine-month high above $114 a
barrel as Sunni insurgents battled government forces for control of Iraq's
* SHIRE - The drugmaker, which is seeking to defend itself after
receiving a $46 billion approach from U.S. group AbbVie, said on
Wednesday a U.S. court had endorsed its patents on top-selling hyperactivity
* LAND SECURITIES GROUP - The company acquired a 30 percent stake
in Bluewater, Kent for 656 million pounds ($1.11 billion).
* BUNZL - The company has made two further acquisitions in
Netherlands and Brazil.
* GLAXOSMITHKLINE - A plant of the drugmaker in Canada that makes
the flu vaccine Flulaval has been cited by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
for failing to meet quality control standards.
* ABERDEEN ASSET MANAGEMENT - The British fund manager sees greater
than forecast savings from its recent SWIP acquisition and expects to raise its
dividend this year, as well as seeing scope to buy back shares, its chief
executive said on Tuesday.
* London copper was treading water near a three-week high, underpinned by
dwindling global exchange stocks, while summer holidays in the northern
hemisphere curbed trading.
* Australia revised down its 2015 iron ore and metallurgical coal price
forecasts as rising output of two of the country's biggest export earners
outstrips demand, raising concerns for mining companies already struggling with
shrinking profit margins.
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(Reporting by Atul Prakash; editing by Blaise Robinson)