UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Sept. 30
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Sept 30 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 0.9 percent on Friday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures down 1 percent ahead of the cash market open.
* The UK blue chip index closed up 1 percent on Thursday at 6,919.42, boosted by heavyweight oil companies after a decision by OPEC to curb output for the first time since 2008.
* AIRBUS: Airbus Group said on Friday it would merge with its planemaking unit, strip out bureaucracy and simplify its brand, marking a break with its complex corporate roots as it prepares for tougher expected competition.
* AXA/ALLIANZ: AXA and Allianz SE have advanced to the second stage of bidding for a Standard Chartered STAN.L distribution deal that would enable sale of general insurance products through the bank's Asian branches, people familiar with the matter said.
* IG GROUP: Online trading company IG Group Holdings Plc said it had agreed to buy news and research portal DailyFX and its associated assets from U.S. retail broker FXCM Inc FXCM.N for $40 million.
* SPEEDY HIRE: Industrial tools and equipment rental company Speedy Hire sees half yearly pretax profit ahead of the company's expectations, helped by job cuts.
* GULF KEYSTONE: Gulf Keystone Petroleum, one of the foreign oil firms present in Iraqi Kursdistan, has received a long-awaited $15 million payment from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) for oil sales in July, the company said on Thursday. Continuación...