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LONDON, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening 59 to 69 points higher, or up as much as 1.2 percent, on Friday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index ended 1.2 percent lower at 5,962.26 points in the previous session.
* Futures for the index were up 1.7 percent by 0646 GMT.
* SYNERGY HEALTH - US District Court for Northern District of Ohio has ruled against FTC’s request for preliminary injunction to block Steris-Synergy Health deal.
* BP - The company shut down a 75,000 barrel-per-day crude unit at its 413,000 bpd refinery in Whiting, Indiana on Thursday for up to 25 days of planned work, according to a report by IIR Energy.
* LLOYDS BANKING GROUP - Britain’s government has reduced its holding in Lloyds Banking Group to below 12 percent, taking the bank closer to full privatisation following a taxpayer bailout in the 2008/09 financial crisis.
* IMPERIAL TOBACCO - The Financial Times’ stock market report cited break-up speculation on Imperial Tobacco. AB InBev’s bid approach for SABMiller has helped revive long-running hopes that Imperial might be carved up by British American Tobacco and Japan Tobacco, whose management was in London last week for investor meetings, the FT wrote.
* Oil markets remained subdued in Asia after weak data from Japan reinforced concerns over global economic growth, while strong seasonal demand from China helped support prices in the short-term.
* London copper climbed in light turnover but was set to log its largest weekly fall in nearly two months as weakening demand from China failed to dent ample inventories of the metal.
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