Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 15 points higher at 6,979 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.
* WH SMITH PLC: UK's WH Smith Plc SMWH.L on Wednesday warned of the possible risk of breaching its covenant tests in 2022 after it slumped to a first-half loss and launched a potential 325 million-pound ($450 million) bonds offering as the retailer navigates the COVID-19 crisis. LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE GROUP: The London Stock Exchange Group LSEG.L said on Wednesday its forecast for expenditure following its $27 billion acquisition of data and analytics company Refintiv remains unchanged. ASTRAZENECA: Argentina's government said on Wednesday it had met with representatives of drugmaker AstraZeneca Plc AZN.L to ask about "difficulties" in the production of its COVID-19 vaccine and supply to the country. OIL: Oil prices extended gains after rising 1% the previous session, as bullish forecasts on recovering demand this summer outweighed concerns about the impact of rising COVID-19 cases in India, Japan and Brazil. O/R
* London's FTSE 100 climbed on Wednesday, lifted by energy shares and a slew of upbeat earnings updates from companies including Lloyds Banking Group (LON: LLOY ) and WPP (LON: WPP ) as investors awaited the U.S. Federal Reserve's policy statement. .L
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