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May 12 (Reuters) - Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening down by 27 points, or 0.4 percent lower on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures down 0.5 percent ahead of the cash market open. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index closed up 0.1 percent on Wednesday at 6,114.60 points, thanks to a rebound in the mining and oil sectors on the back of stronger commodity prices.
* EURONEXT: Pan-European exchange Euronext reported a nearly 8 percent rise in first-quarter operating profit on Thursday despite a fall in revenue, as the company controlled its expenses.
* VEDANTA RESOURCES: Mining and energy group Vedanta Resources Plc said its full-year core profit fell 37.5 percent, weighed by the slump in the prices of commodities.
* ALDERMORE: Aldermore Group Plc said first-quarter lending rose 6 percent as it added more customers including homeowners and small and medium enterprises.
* DAILY MAIL: Daily Mail & General Trust (DMGT) said on Thursday Martin Morgan would step down as chief executive on May 31 and leave the group a month later, earlier than an initial plan to retire by the end of 2016.
* FIRSTGROUP: British transport company FirstGroup on Thursday said it had obtained approval from the country’s rail regulator to launch open access rail services between London and Edinburgh.
* ITV: Commercial broadcaster ITV downgraded its forecast for advertising revenue for the first half, saying there would be no pick up in the second quarter when it had previously expected a boost from the European soccer championship.
* PETROCELTIC: Irish oil producer Petroceltic International Plc said a court examiner had selected its largest shareholder, Worldview Capital Management, to take control of the group.
* ASTRAZENECA: An experimental AstraZeneca drug that failed last year as a treatment for a rare cancer of the eye has been awarded special “orphan” status in the United States for a type of thyroid cancer.
* OIL: Oil prices fell on Thursday, dragged down by the gradual return of Canadian oil sands output, reversing a sharp rise the previous day when the U.S. government detailed an unexpected fall in crude inventories.
Oil refiners and gas producers could face higher production costs if countries use a high carbon price to follow through promises made at last year’s global climate summit in Paris, research showed on Thursday.
* BALTIC EXCHANGE: Talks between the Baltic Exchange and a number of suitors are continuing, but any potential buyer of the business will have to provide assurances that its central role in shipping will not be “undermined”, the Baltic’s chairman said on Wednesday.
* METALS: London copper rose from one-month lows on Thursday as a weaker dollar softened the impact of poor corporate earnings that revived concerns over renewed weakness in the global economy that could limit metal demand.
* BANK OF ENGLAND: Bank of England Governor Mark Carney will tread carefully back into Britain’s debate on whether to leave the European Union on Thursday, when he sets out the central bank’s latest forecasts against the most uncertain economic backdrop in years.
* HOUSING: British surveyors reported the sharpest fall in enquiries from potential homebuyers since 2008 last month, reflecting a new tax on landlords and the upcoming referendum on European Union membership.
* BBC: The future of the BBC will become clear on Thursday when the minister who has challenged the publicly funded broadcaster’s size, scope and purpose in a changing media landscape publishes proposals for its once-in-a-decade charter renewal.
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