July 20 (Reuters) – Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 13
points on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.

* BHP BILLITON: Chilean authorities have approved a $2.5 billion expansion
of BHP Billiton’s Spence copper mine, a local newspaper reported on
Wednesday, though the company has not yet decided whether to go ahead with the
* CARILLION: Oxfordshire County Council, which last week ended much of a
10-year 500 million pound ($652 million) contract with Carillion, is
now debating the future of a facilities management deal with the crisis-hit
British construction firm.
* EX-DIVS: No FTSE 100 companies will go ex-dividend on Thursday,
although several mid-caps will go ex-div, after which investors will no longer
qualify for the latest dividend payout.
* BREXIT: Barely more than one in 10 British companies has started to put
Brexit contingency plans into effect as many firms remain unclear about what
leaving the European Union will mean, a leading business organisation said on
* OIL: Oil prices held steady on Thursday following solid gains the previous
day when falling U.S. fuel inventories lifted the market.
* The UK blue chip index FTSE 100 gained 0.6 percent and closed at
7,430.91 points on Wednesday, helped by a buoyant consumer goods sector after
Reckitt Benckiser sold its food business, while housebuilders added to
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(Reporting by Siju Varghese; Editing by Sunil Nair)

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