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Sept 22 (Reuters) - Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 35 to 44 points higher, or up as much as 0.6 percent on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures up 0.32 percent ahead of the cash market open.
* The UK blue chip index closed up 0.1 percent at 6,834.77 points on Wednesday, buoyed by its banks after the Bank of Japan’s overhaul of its monetary policy framework boosted financial stocks around the world.
* KIER GROUP: British construction and support services company Kier Group has so far suffered no material impact from Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, it said on Thursday after posting a 44 percent jump in underlying operating profit.
* ROLLS-ROYCE: Britain’s Rolls-Royce named Stephen Daintith as its new chief financial officer as CEO Warren East completes a shake-up of his executive team at the aerospace and defence company which is in the middle of a turnaround.
* LLOYD‘S OF LONDON: The Lloyd’s of London insurance market posted a 22 percent rise in pre-tax profits to 1.46 billion pounds ($1.91 billion) in the first half of 2016, as it cautioned on the impact on its business of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.
* LAMPRELL- Oil-rig builder Lamprell Plc said it expected full-year revenue to be slightly below analysts’ estimates, hurt by the deduction of $25 million from the final payment made by Ensco Plc due to late delivery of a rig.
* PETROFAC: British oil and gas industry services company Petrofac Ltd has told Tunisia’s government it has started to shut down its local operations after months of protests disrupted gas output, a government official and a Petrofac source said on Wednesday.
* RIO TINTO: Police said on Wednesday they had arrested five people and were seeking a sixth following a nearly two-year investigation at Rio Tinto’s aluminum smelter in Quebec into allegations of fraud.
* BRITAIN AUTO: British car production rose 9.1 percent in August compared with the same month last year, an industry body said on Thursday, cautioning future growth would depend on Britain continuing to trade competitively after its vote to leave the European Union.
* EX-DIVS: Old Mutual Plc will trade without entitlement to its latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming 0.5 points off the FTSE 100 according to Reuters calculations
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