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EDINBURGH, Oct 31 (Reuters) - Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening up higher on Friday, with futures up 1.4 percent ahead of the cash market open. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index FTSE closed up by 0.2 percent, or 9.68 points, at 6,463.55 points -- marking the third day in a row of gains for the FTSE, which continued its rebound off 15-month lows, reached earlier in October.
* Japanese stocks rocketed more than 5 percent to levels before the global financial crisis on Friday, after the Bank of Japan stunned markets by easing policy further in a move prompted by slow inflation after an April tax hike dented economic growth.
* ICAG - International Airlines Group reported a 30 percent jump in third-quarter profit and upgraded its forecast for the year, reassuring investors after the British Airways-owner’s strike-hit rivals cut their guidance.
ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND - RBS said it had set aside 400 million pounds ($639 million) to cover potential fines for manipulating currency markets and another 100 million to compensate customers mis-sold loan insurance.
* WPP - Martin Sorrell’s advertising group WPP posted a lower than expected 3 percent rise in third-quarter like-for-like net sales on Friday and said it expected the fourth quarter to slow from the rate recorded in the first nine months.
* RIO TINTO - Rio Tinto Plc looked set to take a $2.5 billion writedown on its huge but troubled copper project in Mongolia, the Times reported, after construction of the $5 billion Oyu Tolgoi became caught up in a tax dispute with the government.
* CENTRICA - Chris Weston, managing director of international downstream at Britain’s largest energy supplier Centrica, will leave the company on Dec. 31, the company said.
SUPERGROUP - The British company behind the Superdry fashion brand cut its full-year profit guidance on Friday, saying it had become the latest retailer to see demand for its winter wares fall victim to an unsually warm autumn.
PENDRAGON - Britain’s largest car dealership Pendragon said on Friday that it expected its full-year results to be ahead of expectations as it posted strong third-quarter profits boosted by robust sales in used and new cars.
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