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* HARGREAVES LANSDOWN: British fund supermarket Hargreaves Lansdown HRGV.L on Thursday posted a 8.4% increase in full-year assets, boosted by an increase in its client base and net inflows of cash. AVIVA: British life and general insurer Aviva AV.L said on Thursday it was reviewing its Asia business as it posted a forecast-beating 1% rise in first-half operating profit. COCA COLA HBC: Swiss-based soft drink bottler Coca Cola HBC AG CCH.L reported a rise in first-half net sales on Thursday, driven by greater demand in Nigeria and other emerging markets in eastern Europe along with warm weather in the second half of June. HASTINGS: Hastings HSTG.L on Thursday posted first-half profit that more than halved, as the British insurer set aside more money for claims after a government-ordered change in the discount rate used to calculate compensation for personal injuries. SAVILLS: Real estate services provider Savills Plc SVS.L on Thursday posted lower pretax profit for the first half, as uncertainty due to the U.S.-China trade dispute and Brexit hit its earnings from Asia and the UK, respectively. BELLWAY: British housebuilder Bellway Plc BWY.L forecast higher annual housing revenue on Thursday, as it sold more affordable homes at higher prices. CO-OP BANK: Britain's Co-operative Bank narrowed its losses in the first half of 2019, but warned its profitability was under strain due to intense competition in the mortgage market. RYANAIR: Members of Ryanair's RYA.I British pilot union voted on Wednesday in favour of strike action later this month in a dispute over working conditions, the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) said. DEBENHAMS: British department store group Debenhams will appoint Stefaan Vansteenkiste as its new chief executive officer, while Terry Duddy will step down as chairman in September, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday. OIL: Oil futures jumped more than $1 a barrel on Thursday, recovering half of the nearly 5% losses in the previous session, on expectations that lower prices may lead to production cuts. GOLD: Gold prices rose again on Thursday after topping the $1,500 mark in the previous session, as central banks around the world slashed interest rates amidst fears of a global recession. EX-DIVS: Astrazeneca AZN.L , Barclays BARC.L , BP BP.L , BT Group BT.L , Diageo DGE.L , Direct Line DLGD.L , Fresnillo FRES.L , Glaxosmithkline GSK.L , Hiscox HSX.L , Informa INF.L , Lloyds Bank Group LLOY.L , Rio Tinto RIO.L , Rentokil Initial RTO.L , Standard Chartered Bank STAN.L , Unilever ULVR.L will trade without entitlement to its latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming 37.7 points off the FTSE 100, according to Reuters calculations.
* The UK blue-chip index closed up 0.4% higher at 7,198.70 as investors composed themselves after sell-offs triggered by worries over the U.S.-China trade dispute and a weaker sterling supported exporter stocks. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: LIVE/
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