Feb 25 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 21 points higher at 7,178 on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers.
* PRUDENTIAL: Hedge fund Third Point amassed a more than $2 billion stake in Prudential Plc PRU.L and called on the British insurer on Monday to split into two companies. NMC HEALTH: NMC Health NMC.L founder BR Shetty had pledged 7 million of the company's shares as security for debt, his holding company said on Monday, adding that the Indian billionaire currently has a 9.81% interest in the UAE healthcare group. OIL: Oil rose as investors snapped up bargains after crude benchmarks dropped almost 4% in the previous session, but fears that the spreading coronavirus could wreak far greater economic damage than initially thought capped gains. O/R
* GOLD: Gold prices eased as investors booked profits from a jump to a seven-year high in the previous session and as equities regained some footing, but a spike in coronavirus cases outside of China capped bullion's losses. London's FTSE 100 recorded its worst one-day performance in more than four-and-a-half years on Monday, in a fall that wiped $65 billion off companies' market value, as a jump in coronavirus cases outside China set off fears of a pandemic. UK CORPORATE DIARY:
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