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Dec 7 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 98
points higher at 6,802 points on Friday, according to financial
bookmakers, with FTSE 100 futures rising 1.44 percent ahead of the
cash market open.
* ASTRAZENECA: AstraZeneca Plc's immunotherapy Imfinzi did not
meet the main goals of a late-stage study testing the drug as a
treatment for advanced head and neck cancer, the London-listed
drugmaker said on Friday.
* BERKELEY: Berkeley Group's first-half pretax profit fell 25.7
percent, the British house-builder said on Friday, while warning about
an uncertain short-term outlook as people put off house purchases
ahead of Britain's exit from the European Union.
* BRISTISH FOODS: Associated British Foods said trading at its
Primark fashion chain was challenging in November, though sales and
profit for the group as a whole over the first eight weeks of its
2018-19 year were in line with expectations.
* UNILEVER: The chief marketing officer of Unilever has decided
to retire next year, handing incoming CEO Alan Jope his first big
* AJ BELL: Financial services company AJ Bell Plc said on
Thursday said it set its offer price at 160 pence per share, which
would value the company at 651 million sterling ($832.30 million).
* TULLOW: UK oil explorer Tullow Oil is seeking partners in a
bid to acquire a new oil block in Ghana which launched its first oil
bidding round in October, the company's managing director Kweku Awotwi
said on Thursday.
* TESCO: The UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) defended itself on
Thursday against criticisms of "serious failings" after the
collapse of a high-profile re-trial of former Tesco executives,
insisting the prosecution had been in the public interest.
* OIL: Oil prices fell on Friday, pulled down by OPEC's decision to
delay a final decision on output cuts, awaiting support from non-OPEC
* GOLD: Gold prices rose slightly on Friday and were headed for
their best week in 15, as the dollar weakened following a decline in
U.S. Treasury yields, while investors awaited U.S. non-farm payroll
data for clues about the health of the world's top economy.
* The UK blue chip index closed 217.79 points lower at 6704.05 on
Thursday, hitting their weakest levels in two years as oil and mining
stocks fell and investors shunned sectors they consider risky after
the arrest of a top Huawei executive renewed worries about U.S.-China
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