April 2 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 15 points lower at 5,439 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.
* IAG: IAG-owned British Airways ICAG.L is expected to announce a suspension of about 36,000 of its employees, BBC News reported on Wednesday. HSBC: HSBC Holdings HSBA.L on Wednesday denied a media report that the bank had revived a debate on moving its headquarters and said there were no such discussions under review. BP (LON: BP ): Several workers on a BP Plc BP.N oil platform in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico have tested positive for coronavirus, the company said on Wednesday, a day after a worker at BP's operations in Alaska also tested positive. ANTOFAGASTA: Copper miner Antofagasta ANTO.L said on Wednesday its Centinela mine in Chile would be powered by renewable sources from 2022 under an agreement with power company Engie Energía Chile. OIL: Crude oil futures surged on Thursday after U.S. President Donald Trump said he expected Saudi Arabia and Russia to reach a deal soon to end their oil price war and Russian President Vladimir Putin called for a solution to "challenging" oil markets. GOLD: Gold prices edged lower on Thursday as the dollar held firm, while investors awaited key U.S. jobless data amid mounting signs of a recession due to the worsening coronavirus outbreak. EX-DIVS: InterContinental Hotels IHG.L , Mondi MNDI.L , Melrose Industries MRON.L , Phoenix Group PHNX.L , Standard Life Aberdeen SLA.L , Smith & Nephew SN.L and Taylor Wimpey TW.L will trade without entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming 5.05 points off the FTSE 100 according to Reuters calculations. The UK blue chip index closed down 3.8% on Wednesday as banking shares dived after suspending dividend payments, while plunging factory activity in Britain and elsewhere underlined the severe economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. UK CORPORATE DIARY:
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