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* 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.
* HARGREAVES LANSDOWN - The financial services firm said its assetsunder administration increased by 2.2 billion pounds in the three months toSeptember 30 to 28.5 billion pounds, with revenue at 68.7 million pounds, arecord for any quarter and up 20 percent compared to the first-quarter of 2011.
* MORGAN CRUCIBLE - The group said its performance for the fullyear is likely to be materially below the board's previous expectations, withtrading conditions having deteriorated across most geographies in the thirdquarter of the year, and group revenue in the third quarter was around 10percent below average levels seen in the first-half.
* TRAVIS PERKINS - The builders merchanting group said trading wasin-line with expectations, having improved in September, and it remains ontarget to meet market expectations. The firm also said its group financedirector Paul Hampden Smith is to step down and it is making good progress inits search for a replacement.
* COMPUTACENTER - The IT services group said its trading result isexpected to be broadly in line with the board's revised expectations for 2012,with overall revenue for the third quarter, on an as reported basis, rising 1percent to 656 million pounds.
* CHEMRING -Private equity company Carlyle Group has beengranted another extension to the "put up or shut up" deadline until Nov. 9 tomake an offer for the defence equipment maker.
* INFORMA - The business information group was chased higher onThursday as traders cited rumours of a 550 pence a share cash bid from Germany'sAxel Springer International, the Daily Mail and Daily Express Market reportssaid.
* CRODA INTERNATIONAL - Talk of a bid approach from private equityfueled gains in the British chemicals firm on Thursday, the Daily Mail and DailyExpress Market Reports said.
* ROCKHOPPER EXPLORATION - The explorer has received formalagreement from the Falkland Islands government and both relevant licensees forits farm-out agreement with Premier Oil .
* GW PHARMACEUTICALS - The drugs firm said positive German data onits cannabis-based Sativex product confirms clinically relevant benefits inMultiple Sclerosis Spasticity.
* 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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