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* STHREE: SThree STEMS.L said its first-quarter performance had returned to pre-pandemic levels and exceeded its expectations. PROVIDENT FINANCIAL: Provident Financial PFG.L said that Britain's Financial Conduct Authority has opened an investigation into certain conduct issues of the company's home credit business over the past year. DELIVEROO: Deliveroo said it plans to sell around 1 billion pounds of new shares in its upcoming initial public offering. BRITISH AIRWAYS: British Airways's ICAG.L new boss said vaccinated people should be allowed to travel without restriction and non-vaccinated people with a negative COVID-19 test. FLUTTER ENTERTAINMENT: Flutter Entertainment FLTRE.I said on Saturday it is considering listing a small shareholding of its U.S. FanDuel business. ASTRAZENECA: AstraZeneca AZN.L said on Sunday a review of safety data of people vaccinated with its COVID-19 vaccine has shown no evidence of an increased risk of blood clots. Separately, AstraZeneca AZN.L is preparing to file for U.S. emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine later this month or early April after accumulating enough data to judge the inoculation's efficacy. MINING: Global miners such as Brazil's Vale, Anglo American AAL.L and Chile's Codelco said they expect demand for copper to strengthen in coming years on growing demand for environmentally friendly cars. GREEN ENERGY: Nest said on Saturday it had agreed to invest up to 1.4 billion pounds into green energy projects over the next decade through a partnership with Octopus Renewables. ECONOMY: British businesses are more likely to expect a rebound in activity this year than their counterparts abroad, a survey showed. HOUSE PRICES: Growth in asking prices for homes in Britain was accelerating even before finance minister Rishi Sunak announced new measures to bolster the market, property website Rightmove said. GOLD: Gold prices erased as hopes of a faster economic recovery got a boost from better-than-expected Chinese industrial output data. OIL: Oil prices rose as data showed China's economic recovery accelerated at the start of 2021. The UK blue-chip index .FTSE closed 0.4% higher on Friday, with banks and consumer staples leading gains. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: LIVE/
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