LONDON, June 26 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening
15 to 18 points higher, or up by 0.3 percent, on Thursday, according to
financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please
* The UK blue chip index ended down 0.8 percent at 6,733.62 points - its
lowest close since April 28.
* BARCLAYS : The New York Attorney General on Wednesday filed a
securities fraud lawsuit against Barclays PLC for giving an unfair edge to its
U.S. high-frequency trading clients even as it claimed to be protecting other
customers from the traders.
* VODAFONE : Vodafone is set to gain unconditional EU approval for
its 7.2-billion-euro ($9.79 billion) bid for Spain's largest cable operator Ono
as regulators do not have competition concerns, three people familiar with the
matter said on Wednesday.
* B.WIN PARTY : Online gambling company Bwin.Party Digital
Entertainment Plc is considering selling itself or part of the company as part
of a strategic review, Bloomberg reported on Thursday citing two sources.
* UK PENSION REFORMS: Britain took a step closer to reforming pensions by
publishing draft legislation on Thursday that permits collective workplace
pension schemes, despite criticism of the plans by the industry.
* UK CORPORATE DIARY:
STANDARD CHARTERED TRADING
CARPHONE WAREHOUSE RESULTS
DIXONS RETAIL RESULTS
JOHN WOOD TRADING UPDATE
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(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; editing by Blaise Robinson)