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Aug 20 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is expected to open
4 points higher at 7192.5 on Tuesday, according to financial
bookmakers, with futures up 0.1% ahead of the cash market open.
* FINABLR: United Arab Emirates-based payment solutions business Finablr
, which listed in London in May, on Tuesday posted a 9.1% rise in
half-year group income, saying earnings were at the upper end of its
* WOOD: British oilfield services provider Wood Plc said it
would sell its nuclear energy business for about $305 million to Jacob Engineering
and reported a 2.6% drop in first-half revenue.
* BARCLAYS: Activist investor Edward Bramson is continuing to push
for an overhaul of British banking giant Barclays , according to a
report filed by his investment vehicle Sherborne Investors .
* PERSIMMON: Britain's second largest housebuilder Persimmon
reported a slightly lower first-half pretax profit due to delays in
delivering properties that were close to completion as it focused on
better quality and customer service.
* ASTRAZENECA: British drugmaker AstraZeneca Plc said that its
diabetes drug Farxiga met the main goal of a late-stage study for the
treatment of patients with heart failure.
* NON-STANDARD FINANCE: Doorstep lender Non-Standard Finance
posted a massive first-half loss on Tuesday, partly due to costs
related to its failed takeover attempt of larger rival Provident
Financial, while a strong market demand led to a jump in adjusted
* OFGEM: A blackout in Britain which left almost one million homes
without power on Aug. 9 was the result of a lightning strike, the grid
operator said in a preliminary report.
* GREENE KING: British pubs operator Greene King has agreed to
a 4.6 billion pounds bid from a Hong Kong-listed company founded by
the territory's richest man Li Ka-Shing, which said it was seeking to
increase its UK presence even as Brexit looms.
* BHP: BHP Group posted its largest annual profit in five years
and record full-year dividends, but its share price eased as the
world's biggest miner flagged global economic headwinds that could hit
demand for its key commodities, iron ore and copper.
* OIL: Crude oil prices held mostly steady on optimism that
U.S.-China trade tensions would ease and on hopes that major economies
would enact stimulus measures to counter a possible global economic
slowdown that could affect oil demand.
* GOLD: Gold prices were flat, after declining more than 1% in the
previous session hit by an uptick in risk appetite, while investors
awaited meetings by policy-makers later in the week for clues on
possible interest rate cuts.
* London's FTSE 100 bagged gains of 1% on Monday led by oil majors
and Asia-exposed banks that rose on moves by China to keep business
interest rates low, while pub operator Greene King helped midcaps
outshine after agreeing to be bought out.
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