* Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 15 to 18 points, or0.3 percent on Friday, according to financial bookmakers, retreating after astrong rise in the previous session after Wall Street pared its gains to endflat and Asian markets fell overnight. For more on the factors affectingEuropean stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index closed up 53.04 points, or 0.9 percent on Thursdayat 5,829.75, ending a three session losing streak, led by gains in commodity andfinancial stocks as investors' risk appetite improved after a fall in U.S.jobless. But over the week so far the blue chip index is still 0.7 percentlower.
U.S. blue chips were up 0.3 percent by London's close but ended down0.1 percent as enthusiasm over the U.S. jobs news was undermined by a drop inApple shares after a legal setback in a court ruling.
* Banks will be in focus as JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Wells Fargo
both kick off the U.S. sector's third-quarter reporting season onFriday.
* London copper slipped on Friday, and was set for a 1 percentweekly loss, as traders awaited China's latest trade data due over the weekendto gauge the economic health of the world's top metals consumer.
* Brent crude held above $115 a barrel on Friday, trading nearfour-week highs and on course for its biggest weekly gain in two months,supported by tensions between Turkey and Syria, lower output at North Seaoilfields and the upbeat U.S. data.
* Britain must be ready to adopt more unconventional measures so that debtcutting and the euro zone crisis do not crimp economic growth for years,Financial Services Authority Chairman Adair Turner said in a speech to financial
leaders on Thursday.
* No important British economic data will be released on Friday, soinvestors will look across the Atlantic for macro direction to U.S. wholesaleinflation numbers, due at 1230 GMT. September PPI is seen up 0.7 percent on themonth, to give an annualised increase of 1.8 percent, down from 2.0 percent inAugust.
The provisional Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment index forOctober will be released at 1355 GMT, with a reading of 78.0 forecast, down from78.3 in the previous month.
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