June 21 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 49 points higher at 7,676 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.
* BP: Australia's largest supermarket operator Woolworths Group Ltd WOW.AX cancelled a A$1.8 billion ($1.3 billion) sale of its petrol stations to BP Plc BP.L on Thursday, after it was blocked by Australia's antitrust regulator. BOE: The Bank of England may lay some groundwork on Thursday for an August interest rate rise, if it judges the economy is now turning a corner after an unusually weak start to the year. GOLD: Gold prices posted a six-month low on Thursday, pressed down further by a firm dollar and as the U.S. Federal Reserve Chair confirmed an outlook for higher interest rates in the United States. OIL: Oil prices fell on Thursday as Iran signalled it could be won over to a small rise in OPEC crude output, potentially paving the way for the producer cartel to agree a supply increase during a meeting on Friday. EX-DIVS: Compass Group CPG.L , Experian EXPN.L , Land Securities LAND.L and United Utilities Group UU.L will trade without entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming 2.6 points off the FTSE 100 according to Reuters calculations. The UK blue chip FTSE 100 .FTSE index climbed 0.3 percent and closed at 7,627.40 points on Wednesday, amid a broad-based rebound in Europe as immediate worries over the impact of a trade spat between the United States and China eased, but housebuilder Berkeley BKGH.L slumped after a profit warning. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets
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