UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Sept 2
Sept 2 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 12 points, or about 0.2 percent, on Friday, according to financial bookmakers. * The UK blue chip index closed down 0.5 percent at 6,745.97 points on Thursday, as initial gains fizzled out following a jump in sterling sparked by data showing a recovery in UK manufacturing, while oil stocks also lost ground. * BARCLAYS: Barclays loaned Qatari investors $3 billion to help finance an emergency fundraising at the height of the credit crisis in 2008, court documents filed in London on Thursday allege. * BP: BP Chief Executive Robert Dudley said on Friday he expected global oil prices to remain at around $50 per barrel till the end of this year and at the same level or even "little above" in 2017, he told reporters in Vladivostok. * BP: A team of former Wall Street oil traders have won a partial victory in their continuing legal dispute with oil major BP over how to properly run a remote eastern Canadian refinery, according to court documents filed Thursday. * SHELL: Royal Dutch Shell Plc participated in Mexico's oil hedging program for 2017, the first time an oil company has taken part in the world's large commodities hedging program, according to Bloomberg, citing four people with knowledge of the matter. * ANGLO AMERICAN: Anglo American Plc's top investor, South African state-owned firm Public Investment Corp, is to meet the diversified miner over the next week to discuss whether the company's plan to sell over half of its mines, including local coal and iron-ore assets, is the best option for the country, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. bloom.bg/2bEVbLk * SPEEDY HIRE: One of Speedy Hire's top five investors, Schroders, has come out in support of a call by Toscafund, the tools rental company's top shareholder, for the removal of the London-listed firm's executive chairman, Sky News reported on Thursday. bit.ly/2c5Nzkr * BRITAIN CONFIDENCE: British businesses recovered some confidence about their prospects after a post-Brexit vote scare, but remained largely pessimistic about the economic outlook, a survey showed on Friday. * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets * UK CORPORATE DIARY: Go-Ahead Group PLC Full Year 2015 Earnings Release TODAY'S UK PAPERS > Financial Times > Other business headlines Multimedia versions of Reuters Top News are now available for: * 3000 Xtra : visit topnews.session.rservices.com * For Top News : topnews.reuters.com (Reporting by Esha Vaish in Bengaluru; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)
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