(Updates futures, adds company news items)
Sept 22 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 35
to 44 points higher, or up as much as 0.6 percent on Thursday, according to
financial bookmakers, with futures up 0.32 percent ahead of the cash
* The UK blue chip index closed up 0.1 percent at 6,834.77 points on
Wednesday, buoyed by its banks after the Bank of Japan's overhaul of its
monetary policy framework boosted financial stocks around the world.
* KIER GROUP: British construction and support services company Kier Group
has so far suffered no material impact from Britain's vote to leave the
European Union, it said on Thursday after posting a 44 percent jump in
underlying operating profit.
* ROLLS-ROYCE: Britain's Rolls-Royce named Stephen Daintith as its
new chief financial officer as CEO Warren East completes a shake-up of his
executive team at the aerospace and defence company which is in the middle of a
* LLOYD'S OF LONDON: The Lloyd's of London insurance market posted a 22
percent rise in pre-tax profits to 1.46 billion pounds ($1.91 billion) in the
first half of 2016, as it cautioned on the impact on its business of Britain's
vote to leave the European Union.
* LAMPRELL- Oil-rig builder Lamprell Plc said it expected full-year
revenue to be slightly below analysts' estimates, hurt by the deduction of $25
million from the final payment made by Ensco Plc due to late delivery of
* PETROFAC: British oil and gas industry services company Petrofac Ltd
has told Tunisia's government it has started to shut down its local
operations after months of protests disrupted gas output, a government official
and a Petrofac source said on Wednesday.
* RIO TINTO: Police said on Wednesday they had arrested five people and were
seeking a sixth following a nearly two-year investigation at Rio Tinto's
aluminum smelter in Quebec into allegations of fraud.
* BRITAIN AUTO: British car production rose 9.1 percent in August compared
with the same month last year, an industry body said on Thursday, cautioning
future growth would depend on Britain continuing to trade competitively after
its vote to leave the European Union.
* EX-DIVS: Old Mutual Plc will trade without entitlement to its
latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming 0.5 points off the FTSE 100
according to Reuters calculations
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(Reporting by Rahul B in Bengaluru; Editing by Sunil Nair and Amrutha Gayathri)