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Sept 28 (Reuters) - Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 3 points, or 0.05 percent lower on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures up 0.21 percent ahead of the cash market open.
* The UK blue chip index closed down 0.2 percent on Tuesday at 6,807.67, weighed down by a drop in banking stocks such as Standard Chartered and weaker energy company stock prices.
* RBS: Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc will pay $1.1 billion to resolve claims that it sold toxic mortgage-backed securities to credit unions that later failed, the U.S. National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) said on Tuesday.
* HINKLEY: French state-controlled utility EDF said in a statement on Tuesday that its board of directors had confirmed its approval of the Hinkley Point project to build two nuclear reactors in Britain. Sources also said EDF and the British government were scheduled to sign the Hinkley Point contract Thursday.
* ROLLS-ROYCE: Rolls-Royce boss Warren East has axed more than 600 management jobs and sought to reduce production times and costs since taking the helm last July, rebuilding confidence in the British engine-maker. But there are doubts among investors and industry experts about whether his slimmed-down group has the muscle to meet ambitious production and development goals.
* J SAINSBURY: Sainsbury‘s, Britain’s second biggest supermarket, reported another drop in quarterly underlying sales and cautioned that it did not expect a change to competitive market conditions any time soon.
* UK MAIL: Deutsche Post announced it had reached an agreement to acquire UK Mail Group for cash, valuing it at 243 million pounds ($316 million).
* SMITHS GROUP: British engineering conglomerate Smiths Group Plc said underlying full-year revenue fell nearly 2 percent on a decline in sales at one of its biggest units.
* TUI GROUP: TUI Group, Europe’s largest tour operator, said it expected 2015/16 core profit to rise by between 12 and 13 percent, upgrading an earlier forecast for growth of at least 10 percent, on strong demand from British holidaymakers.
* UK ECONOMY: Long-term prospects are positive for the UK economy and it is performing as the Bank of England had expected when it introduced stimulus measures in August to cushion the economic shock from the June Brexit vote, Governor Mark Carney said in an interview with Herald Scotland.
* UK CONSUMER MORALE: British consumer morale recovered slightly in September, but fears over job security when Brexit talks begin next year could yet dampen confidence, a survey published on Wednesday found.
* UK STEEL: Britain’s largest steel plate mill reopens under owner Liberty Steel on Wednesday, a deal brokered by a Scottish government keen to stem the decline of its industrial heartland.
* OIL: Oil prices rose early on Wednesday, after sharp losses in the previous session, as industry data showed a surprise draw in U.S. crude stocks, although worries over a lack of agreement among producers to curb output kept a lid on gains.
* METALS: London nickel futures held near seven-week highs on Wednesday after the Philippines said 20 more mines may be suspended for environmental violations, threatening supply from the world’s top nickel ore exporter.
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