Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up between 2 and 5 points, or
as much as 0.1 percent higher on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers.
* The British blue chip index closed 16.60 points lower on Tuesday, or down
0.3 percent at 6,441.32, extending losses in afternoon trade as uncertainty over
a planned vote in the Cypriot parliament over its controversial bailout package
mounted, hitting banks.
* In line with expectations towards the end of Tuesday's trade, Cyprus's
parliament overwhelmingly rejected a proposed levy on bank deposits as a
condition for a European bailout, throwing international efforts to rescue the
latest casualty of the euro zone debt crisis into disarray.
* Ex-dividend factors will take 11.78 points off the index on Wednesday,
with heavyweight bank HSBC, Anglo American, Aviva and
Intercontinental Hotels all trading without entitlement to their latest
* BANKS - European Union lawmakers are expected to agree on Wednesday to bar
bankers in Europe from getting bonuses bigger than their salary, introducing the
first cap of its kind globally.
* The British government announces its budget today, with the attention of
financial markets focussed on whether finance minister George Osborne chooses to
change the remit of the Bank of England in order to provide further stimulus to
* Among planned economic releases are the minutes of the latest Bank of
England rate decision and UK claimant count unemployment change, both at 0930
GMT, and euro zone consumer confidence at 1500 GMT.
* UK CORPORATE DIARY:
ASOS PLC gives a trading update
BOWLEVEN PLC announces results for the first half
CHARLES TAYLOR PLC reports preliminary results
DATALEX PLC gives preliminary results
DOLPHIN CAPITAL INVESTORS gives preliminary results and a trading
EURASIAN NATURAL RESOURCES CORPORATION gives preliminary results
GREGGS PLC reports preliminary results
IQE gives preliminary results.
SMITHS GROUP PLC announces first half results
UK COMMERCIAL PROPERTY TRUST LTD reports preliminary results
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