March 16 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is
seen opening higher on Wednesday, with futures up 1.65%.
* IG GROUP: British online trading platform IG Group
on Wednesday forecast full-year revenue to "moderately" exceed
expectations, with the Ukraine crisis increasing market
volatility, but predicted slower growth on its U.S. platform.
* NORTONLIFELOCK-AVAST: U.S. cybersecurity firm
NortonLifeLock Inc's $8.6 billion purchase of rival
Avast Plc will face an in-depth probe by Britain if
competition concerns are not addressed, the UK anti-trust
* BARCLAYS: Barclays PLC has hired an executive
from a rival bank for its mergers, acquisitions, activism and
ESG advisory group as demand increases from corporate clients
for those services.
* HYVE: British event management firm Hyve Group
said on Tuesday it would exit Russia as several companies leave
the country or reassess operations there following Moscow's
invasion of Ukraine.
* NICKEL TRADING: Nickel trading on the London Metal
Exchange (LME) resumes on Wednesday with limits on price
movements to prevent disorderly trading after wild swings
triggered a rare market shutdown.
* FCA STRIKE: Employees at Britain's Financial Conduct
Authority have served notice to begin a ballot on industrial
action in protest at cuts to their pay and conditions, the Unite
union said on Tuesday.
* AUTO CARTEL: EU antitrust regulators on Tuesday raided
several automotive companies and associations in several
countries on suspicion of breaching the bloc's cartel rules,
while Britain's competition authority also launched a probe.
* TOTALENERGIES: The Church of England's Pensions Board and
the manager of the church's investment fund said on Tuesday they
will reconsider their shareholding in French energy giant
TotalEnergies over the company's decision to not cut
its business ties with Russia.
* OIL CRISIS: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits
the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia on Wednesday as part
of efforts to secure additional oil flows and increase pressure
on Russian President Vladimir Putin over Ukraine.
* FTSE100: UK's FTSE 100 slipped on Tuesday, dragged down
by banking and mining stocks, while strong jobs data supported
the case for a Bank of England interest rate hike later this
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(Reporting by Aby Jose Koilparambil in Bengaluru)