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* EASYJET: EasyJet EZJ.L warned it would fly no more than 10% of 2019's capacity in the Jan-March quarter, as new lockdowns and tightening travel restrictions across Europe prolong the COVID-19 crisis. WIZZ AIR: Wizz Air WIZZ.L sunk to a 114.5 million euro quarterly loss, after a second wave of COVID-19 spread across Europe limiting travel, the company said. ST. JAMES'S PLACE: St. James's Place SJP.L reported 129.34 billion pounds in funds under management, helped by government support and positive news on COVID-19 vaccines. TATE & LYLE: Tate & Lyle TATE.L said it expects modestly higher annual adjusted pretax profit in constant currency, benefiting from its food and beverage solutions and commodities businesses, and cost savings. ANGLO AMERICAN: Anglo American (JO: AMSJ ) AAL.L said it has trimmed its production guidance for diamonds in 2021 owing to operational challenges. DE LA RUE: De La Rue DLAR.L said annual profit would exceed market expectations and set aside five million pounds more than it previously planned for its polymer strategy under an ongoing turnaround plan. MITIE GROUP: Mitie Group MTO.L warned of a hit to the final quarter of the year from the latest lockdown in Britain after posting a 6.7% rise in third-quarter sales, helped in part by its services to essential sectors. LIDL: The British arm of German discount supermarket Lidl reported an after tax loss of 13.6 million pounds for its 2019-20 year, which it said reflected investment in the business. COVID-19: Prime Minister Boris Johnson indicated the COVID-19 lockdown in England would last until March 8 when schools could start to reopen as the government announced new measures to clamp down on travel to and from Britain. GOLD: Gold prices fell as investors flocked to the safety of the dollar after global equity markets slipped and the Federal Reserve raised concerns about the pace of economic recovery in the United States. OIL: Oil slid in Asia morning trade despite a huge drop in U.S. crude stock. The UK blue-chip index .FTSE closed 1.3% lower on Wednesday led by a decline in mining shares as a surge in virus cases and movement curbs raised demand worries. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: LIVE/
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