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June 14 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening down 20
points, or 0.3 percent, on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers, with
futures FFIc1 down 0.7 percent ahead of the cash market open. For more on the
factors affecting European stocks, please click on The UK blue chip index closed 1.2 percent lower at 6,044.97 on Monday, as
widespread unease about the country's looming European Union membership vote
weighed on markets.
* The implied probability of a British vote to stay in the European Union
fell to 59 percent on Tuesday, down from 78 percent last week, according to
betting odds supplied by Betfair.
* BHP BILLITON: Brazilian iron ore miner Vale SA VALE5.SA said on Monday
that a 20 billion reais ($5.7 billion) civil lawsuit seeking environmental and
property damages for last year's deadly Samarco mine disaster has been
dismissed. Saramco is a joint venture between Vale and BHP Billiton (LON: BLT ) Ltd
* PREMIER FARNELL: Daetwyler Holding AG DAE.S said on Tuesday it has
agreed to buy Premier Farnell Plc PFL.L in an all-cash offer that valued the
British electronic component distributor at just over 1 billion Swiss francs
* CREST NICHOLSON: British housebuilder Crest Nicholson CRST.L on Tuesday
reported a 7 percent rise in housing completions in the first half of its
financial year, saying demand for new homes rose despite Britain's pending EU
* ASHTEAD: Ashtead Group Plc AHT.L announced on Tuesday a share buyback of
up to 200 million pounds ($284 million) for the current financial year, after
strong North American growth helped the industrial equipment hire group post a
rise in full-year profit.
* TED BAKER: British clothing company Ted Baker TED.L said revenue for the
19 weeks to June 11 had risen by 11.3 percent, boosted by strong demand, online
growth and new stores.
* BP: Venezuelan state-run PDVSA has discharged another cargo of U.S. crude
sold by BP BP.L after waiting times of more than a month related to payment
problems that were solved this month under a swap agreement, according to
sources close to the deal.
* PERSIMMON: A large investor has called for British housebuilder Persimmon
Plc PSN.L to scale back an executive pay plan that could see its management
share in windfalls of almost 600 million pounds ($857 million) over the next six
* GLENCORE: Coal is an investment opportunity as global demand will grow and
a halt in spending would halve seaborne supplies in 15 years' time, Glencore
GLEN.L said on Monday, adding its own coal operations would be depleted by
2035 without new funds.
* UK JOBS: Nerves around Britain's future in Europe dragged on British
employers' hiring plans last quarter, according to a survey from a recruitment
company that warned of an acute skills shortage if Britain leaves the European
* UK REFERENDUM: Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso issued a fresh warning
against renewed strength in the yen, saying that he would "firmly respond" if
rapid and speculative moves persisted in the foreign exchange market.
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