LONDON, May 1 (Reuters) - Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening up between 4 and 11 points, or 0.2 percent higher on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers, although trade is expected to be light with most major European indexes closed for a public holiday.
* The FTSE 100 ended 27.9 points, or 0.4 percent, down at 6,427.52 on Tuesday, showing a 0.3 percent gain for April and taking its winning streak to 11 months versus 10 consecutive monthly gains in 1996/97 and 1986/87.
With only the UK in action today and the crucial U.S. FOMC statement coming after the London close, Wednesday’s trading is expected to be directionless.
* April UK Manufacturing PMI is set to show that the sector remains marginally in contraction with a Reuters poll showing a reading of 48.5 compared with 48.3 in the previous month, where anything above 50 is in expansion territory.
* ENRC : UK authorities are investigating whether Kazakh miner ENRC ENRC.L breached Britain’s rules for listed companies, specifically with acquisitions made in the Democratic Republic of Congo and a 2012 sale in Kazakhstan, it said in its annual report released on Tuesday.
* BP : As individuals, companies and governments race to meet a three-year deadline to raise claims over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, BP Plc now faces 2,200 related lawsuits, according to the Financial Times.
* UK Coal Operations, partly owned by Coalfield Resources, has proposed a voluntary liquidation and the handing over of its remaining mines to a new company, the Financial Times reported, after a fire closed Britain’s largest coal mine.
* AFREN : The Africa-focused oil explorer rose on Tuesday amid refreshed talk that the company could be the subject of a 2.1 billion pounds, or 195 pence-per-share, bid from Exxon Mobil, the world’s largest energy company, according to the Daily Mail market report.
* More money was invested in shops and offices in central London than the rest of Britain combined last year, a regular report by property consultancy DTZ showed on Wednesday.
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