UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 1

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UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 1
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April 1 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 11 points higher at 6,725 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures .FFIc1 up 0.13% ahead of the cash market open.

* NEXT: Next NXT.L reported a halving in annual pretax profit after COVID-19 lockdowns closed its stores but forecast a big bounce back in its current financial year, raising its forecast. 3I INFRASTRUCTURE: 3i (LON: III ) Infrastructure 3IN.L said it has agreed to invest 182 million euros for a 60% stake in German telecommunications provider DNS:NET. QUILTER: Quilter QLT.L said it has agreed to sell its international business to specialist life assurance company Utmost Group for 483 million pounds. AIRTEL AFRICA: Mastercard Inc (NYSE: MA ) MA.N will invest $100 million in Airtel Africa 's AAF.L mobile money opnL4N2LU1RZ]erations valuing the business at $2.65 billion, the London-listed company said. COVID-19: People in Britain have turned positive about the government's handling of the coronavirus crisis and companies are also more optimistic, according to three surveys. GOLD: Gold bounced back from a three-week low hit in the previous session. OIL: Crude prices rose, recouping some of the previous session's losses as hopes grew that OPEC and its allies later on Thursday would decide to keep curtailing production in place in the face of resurgent COVID-19 infections in some regions. The UK blue-chip index .FTSE closed 0.9% lower on Wednesday, dragged down by banks and energy stocks, while food delivery company Deliveroo's shares slumped more than 26% on its trading debut. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: LIVE/

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