LONDON, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening
down 14 to 16 points, or as much as 0.3 percent, on Tuesday, according to
financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please
* The UK blue-chip index closed down 2.41 points, or 0.04 percent, at
5,767.27 on Monday.
* Worries about the potential effects of the U.S. 'fiscal cliff' of spending
cuts and tax hikes due to kick in in early 2013, as well as concerns about
Greece's financing issues, remained at the forefront of investors' minds.
* U.S. lawmakers have a seven-week deadline to agree on the scheduled $600
billion in tax increases and government spending cuts. President Barack Obama
has scheduled high-profile White House meetings with business, civic and labour
leaders ahead of a summit, set for Friday, of top Republicans and Democrats in
* Greece's international lenders did not disburse more aid to the
debt-ridden country on Monday, but agreed to give it two more years to make the
cuts demanded of it.
* In terms of domestic economic data, UK October inflation figures are set
for release at 0930 GMT.
* VODAFONE GROUP wrote down the value of its business in Spain and
Italy by 5.9 billion pounds and lowered its full-year outlook after reporting a
worse than expected fall in its key organic service revenue metric.
* ITV The broadcaster met guidance with flat net advertising revenue
for the nine months to end-September and said it expected a similar performance
for the balance of the year, outperforming the wider market.
* CAPITA The outsourcing firm says it remains on track to deliver
strong revenue growth in 2012.
* AFREN The oil firm unveiled third-quarter pretax profit from
continuing operations $411.8 million versus $112.9 million a year ago.
* JOHNSTON PRESS reported a sales fall in the last four months.
* JOHN MENZIES said the positive start to the second half of the
year continued and it expects full-year results to be in line with expectations.
* OXFORD INSTRUMENTS said its first-half profit rose 23.5 percent.
* PERSIMMON said sales have improved since July.
* SYNERGY HEALTH unveiled a 10.5 percent rise in first-half revenue
to 171.6 million pounds.
* HSBC - The banking group has settled a case brought by a fund
over losses it suffered during the collapse of fraudster Bernie Madoff's
financial empire, potentially paving the way for more claims against fund
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