LONDON, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening
flat on Monday, according to financial bookmakers, with index futures
edging up by 0.02 percent in pre-open trade. For more on the factors affecting
European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index closed 35.51 points higher on Friday at 6,263.93,
as banks and miners led a rebound after evidence that economic activity in China
is picking up fuelled optimism over global growth prospects. The gains were not
enough to prevent the index's first weekly loss of the year, however.
* ROLLS ROYCE - The engine maker announces it has been awarded a
$97.3 million contract with the U.S. Air Force.
* RIO TINTO - The mining company said on Monday that an Australian
regulator has ruled that the firm's key iron ore rail lines do not have to be
opened to rival miners, reinforcing the world No.2 iron ore miner's grip on the
* BARCLAYS - The bank is planning to announce 2 billion pounds in
cost savings when it announces its strategic overhaul on Tuesday, representing
some 10 percent of its annual cost base, the Financial Times reports.
* ASSOCIATED BRITISH FOODS - The food company has been accused by a
charity of avoiding taxes in Zambia, while the company denies it has done
* DIAGEO - The drinks giant is investing heavily in its gin brands,
Gordon's and Tanqueray, to take advantage of a surprise surge in sales of the
spirit in hard-hit economies such as Spain and Britain, the Telegraph reports.
* ESSAR ENERGY - Essar Energy reports higher refining margins for
the third quarter.
* STANDARD CHARTERED - The bank is planning to apply for permission
to open three business branches in Iraq, according to the Sunday Telegraph.
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