May 4 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 16 points higher on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers. * BHP: Australia warned on Thursday that a push by activist investor Elliott Management to ditch global miner BHP Billiton's dual listing may be a criminal offence and could be subject to civil penalties. * ROYAL BANK: Investor advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services has advised shareholders in Royal Bank of Scotland to vote against its remuneration policy next week because it is unclear how bonuses will be paid out to senior directors. * ROYAL DUTCH: Royal Dutch Shell Plc resumed on Wednesday afternoon the restart of the heavy oil hydrocracker at its 235,000 barrel per day (bpd) Convent, Louisiana, refinery, said a source familiar with plant operations. * GLENCORE: Miner-trader Glencore Plc has hired the Bank of Nova Scotia to sell a portfolio of royalties, including a royalty on the Antamina copper-zinc mine in Peru, four people familiar with the process told Reuters. * OIL: Oil prices settled slightly higher on Wednesday after a choppy trading session as the market digested U.S. government data showing that while there were signs a crude glut may be receding, inventories remained large with gasoline demand weak. * GOLD: Gold fell to a one-month low as the dollar firmed on Wednesday, after the U.S. Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged as expected and the market reduced expectations of a surprise win by France's far-right presidential candidate. * COPPER: Copper tumbled 3.5 percent on Wednesday after hitting a three-week high in the previous session, as supply fears were eased by a large rise in stocks and worries over Chinese demand pulled down prices of steel and iron ore. * EX-DIVS: Croda, InterContinental Hotels Group, Kingfisher , London Stock Exchange Group, Unilever will trade without entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming 3.1 points off the FTSE 100 according to Reuters calculations. * The UK blue chip index closed down 0.2 percent at 7,234.53 points at its close on Wednesday, weighed down by weaker commodity stocks, while supermarket Sainsbury's dropped after an underwhelming earnings update. * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets * UK CORPORATE DIARY: G4S PLC Q1 2017 Trading Statement Release Royal Dutch Shell Q1 Earnings Release ConvaTec Group PLC Q1 Trading Statement James Fisher and Sons plc Trading Update TODAY'S UK PAPERS > Financial Times > Other business headlines Multimedia versions of Reuters Top News are now available for: * 3000 Xtra : visit topnews.session.rservices.com * For Top News : topnews.reuters.com (Reporting by Harish Bhaskar; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)
UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on June 29
June 29 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 37 points at 7,424 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures up 0.52 percent ahead of the cash market open.
AstraZeneca, Chi-Med take kidney cancer drug into final testing
LONDON, June 29 AstraZeneca and Hutchison China MediTech said on Thursday they had initiated a global late-stage clinical trial of the experimental drug savolitinib in a relatively rare type of kidney cancer.