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June 22 (Reuters) - Britain’s FTSE 100 futures were down 0.11 percent ahead of the cash market open.
* STANDARD LIFE/ABERDEEN: Britain’s competition watchdog said it had cleared Standard Life’s 11 billion pound ($14 billion) deal to buy Aberdeen Asset Management, paving the way for the tie-up, which will create the country’s biggest listed asset manager.
* IMAGINATION TECHNOLOGIES: Imagination Technologies, the British company that has lost 70 percent of its value following a dispute with its biggest customer Apple, said on Thursday it had put itself up for sale.
* LONDON FIRE: The chief executive of a London borough where a tower block fire killed at least 79 people in Britain’s worst blaze since World War Two has resigned.
* DIAGEO: Diageo Plc has agreed to buy George Clooney’s high-end tequila brand Casamigos in a deal valuing it at up to $1 billion, as the world’s largest spirits maker seeks to boost its presence in a high-growth market.
* GSK: A U.S. jury has ordered Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd to pay GlaxoSmithKline Plc more than $235 million for infringing a patent covering its blood pressure drug Coreg, court documents showed.
* HORNBY: Phoenix Asset Management on Wednesday it would become the majority shareholder in Hornby Plc and offered to buy the rest of the company, less than three months after thwarting efforts to oust the British toymaker’s chairman.
* CAIRN ENERGY: British independent oil exploration company Cairn Energy's 9.8 percent stake in Cairn India, may be put up for sale as part of tax recovery proceedings started late last week, India's Business Standard newspaper reported. (bit.ly/2tvhdFn)
* BRITAIN TOURISM: Britain’s tourism industry is proving resilient despite recent militant attacks and is set for higher bookings this year, outperforming the European average, travel data analysis company ForwardKeys said on Thursday.
* UK ELECTION: Theresa May will still be British leader at the end of this year, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Thursday.
* BREXIT: Britain’s departure from the European Union could strengthen the bloc’s political integration and make Germany more attractive as a business location, German Deputy Finance Minister Thomas Steffen said on Thursday.
* BREXIT: Prime Minister Theresa May will outline on Thursday her approach to the “hugely important issue” of reassuring EU expatriates about their futures in Britain, at a summit that is her first Brexit test since an election sapped her authority.
* OIL: Oil prices rose on Thursday after U.S. crude and gasoline stockpiles fell, but worries over whether OPEC-led output cuts would be able to rein in a three-year glut continued to drag.
* GOLD: Gold prices climbed on Thursday as an easing U.S. dollar flattened U.S. Treasury yields to their lowest in nearly a decade.
* COPPER: London copper held on to hefty overnight gains, spurred on by data showing the metal’s shift to global a supply deficit.
* EX-DIVS: Experian, Land Securities Group, Mediclinic , United Utilities Group will trade without entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming 1.88 points off the FTSE 100 according to Reuters calculations
* The UK blue chip index was down 0.3 percent at 7,447.79 points at its close on Wednesday, as losses among energy stocks and sub-prime lender Provident Financial weighed, while a stronger pound was also unhelpful.
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