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Jan 23 (Reuters) - Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 31 points at 7,168 on Monday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures down 0.48 percent ahead of the cash market open.
* The UK blue chip index slipped 0.14 percent to close at 7198.44 on Friday, posting its biggest weekly loss since before Donald Trump won the U.S presidential election in November, as investors grew cautious before his inauguration.
* BOVIS/BERKELEY: Bovis Homes Group Plc investor Schroder Investment Management has written to Berkeley Group Holdings Plc, urging the London builder to consider an all-share merger with its smaller rival, the Sunday Times reported.
* ESSENTRA: Essentra Plc, a supplier of speciality plastic and packaging components, warned that full-year adjusted operating profit would miss or meet only the lower end of its forecast, citing challenging market conditions in health and personal care packaging unit.
* LAMPRELL: Oil-rig builder Lamprell Plc said it would continue to maintain a tight reign on costs as it stuck to its guidance of lower 2017 revenue.
* HOCHSCHILD MINING: Hochschild Mining Plc said it would restart operations at its Pallancata silver mine in Peru on Jan. 25, after reaching an agreement with members of a local community who blocked a road and demanded renegotiation of agreements.
* SHELL: Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) has signed an agreement to acquire the 50 percent that it does not already own in its petrochemical venture with Shell Arabia, a unit of Royal Dutch Shell, for $820 million, SABIC said on Sunday.
* JOHNSTON PRESS: The interim chairman of newspaper publisher Johnston Press Plc has asked Rothschild to examine refinancing options in an attempt to navigate the debt-saddled company through a potential financial crunch, the Telegraph reported on Sunday, citing City sources. bit.ly/2jP54ZR
* UK REFERENDUM: Britain will on Monday outline a new, interventionist approach to balancing its heavily services-based economy for the post-Brexit era, seeking to reinvigorate industrial production and stimulate investment in technology and R&D.
* UK FINANCIAL SERVICES: Optimism about the business environment for Britain’s financial services firms fell for a fourth consecutive quarter, according to a survey published on Monday, the longest decline since the global financial crisis.
* BREXIT: U.S. banks Morgan Stanley and Citigroup have identified many of the roles that will need to be moved from Britain following its exit from the European Union, sources involved in the processes told Reuters.
* HEATHROW AIRPORT: London’s Heathrow Airport said it had cancelled approximately 100 of about 1,300 scheduled flights on Monday as foggy weather reduced visibility at Europe’s busiest hub.
* OIL: Oil edged up on Monday on statements over the weekend from OPEC and other producers that they have been successfully implementing output cuts, but gains were limited by a surge in U.S. drilling.
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