LONDON, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening 2 to 5 points lower, or as much as 0.1 percent, on Monday , according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* Futures for the index were down 0.1 percent at 0638 GMT.
* The blue-chip FTSE 100 index closed 0.2 percent higher, or 9.68 points, at 6,649.39 points, on Friday.
* STANDARD CHARTERED - The bank has suspended some of its Hong Kong banking operations, including over-the-counter services and cheque deposits, until further notice due to “situations in certain areas”, the Asia-focused lender said on Monday.
* BALFOUR BEATTY - The company warned on Monday that profit in its UK construction services division would be around 75 million pounds ($122 million) less than expected due to additional losses and writedowns across a number of contracts.
* ROYAL DUTCH SHELL - The company reported it was restarting a unit at its Scotford upgrader facility near Edmonton, Alberta, according to a message recorded on a community information telephone line on Saturday.
* BP - The Daily Telegraph said Shell and BP are in the final running for a fiercely fought-over deal to operate some of the biggest onshore oilfields in the Persian Gulf, in what would be potentially a major triumph for British business in the region.
* COMPASS GROUP - The company said its year outlook remained unchanged and that its operating margin for the year was expected to increase by 10 basis points.nL6N0RU0GL
* ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND - The bank raised 261 million pounds ($424 million) from selling more shares in its U.S. business Citizens after banks underwriting its stock market listing took up an option to buy extra shares, sources told Reuters.
* ABERDEEN ASSET MANAGEMENT - The company said that assets under management rose 3 percent to 331.2 billion pounds ($537.60 billion) at end-August, boosted by performance and favourable foreign exchange moves, and a slowdown in the pace of outflows.
* THE LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE GROUP - The LSE is attempting to increase the number of listings of African companies in the UK, which follows strong interest coming from institutional investors from the region, the Financial Times reported.
* TESCO - Initial warnings from the insider who blew the whistle on a 250 million pounds ($406 million) accounting scandal at Britain’s biggest retailer were ignored, the Sunday Times reported, citing a senior source at the supermarket.
* BAE SYSTEMS - The British defence company said it remained on track to report annual earnings in line with its guidance, even as it reported several impairment charges.
* ASTRAZENECA - Continuing to give AstraZeneca’s drug Iressa plus chemotherapy to lung cancer patents whose disease has worsened after previously taking the medicine on its own does not provide any benefit. Some doctors had hoped that extending the use of Iressa in combination with chemotherapy would help to keep cancers at bay.
* London copper slipped to its lowest in more than three months on Monday, pressured by a stronger dollar and questions over economic growth in top metals user China.
* Brent crude oil fell below $97 a barrel in Asian trade on Monday, moving closer to a two-year low hit last week due to weak data from major buyer China and a stronger U.S. dollar.
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