Dec 6 - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 18 points higher at 7,156 on Friday, according to financial bookmakers. * GLENCORE: The UK's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has launched a bribery investigation into Glencore, adding to legal troubles that have hit the shares of one of the world's biggest miners and commodity traders. * CENTAMIN: Endeavour Mining's top boss said on Thursday the Canadian firm was reaching out to Centamin shareholders to back its $1.9 billion merger plan, days after the British gold miner's board rejected the all-stock proposal. * WPP: WPP said on Thursday it had completed the sale of 60% of data analytics business Kantar to private equity firm Bain Capital and would return about $1.2 billion to shareholders via a share repurchase programme. * GOLD: Gold was en route to a weekly gain on Friday as uncertainty about the fate of U.S.-China trade deal gripped investors ahead of a U.S. jobs report that could offer further insight on the state of the American economy. * OIL: Oil slipped in early Asian trade on Friday, with U.S. crude moving further away from a two-month high after OPEC agreed to increase output curbs in early 2020 but failed to promise further steps after March. * The UK blue chip index closed down 0.7% on Thursday due to a 9% plunge in Glencore after news of a bribery investigation and as dollar earners fell with sterling gaining on growing hopes that the upcoming election will not result in a hung parliament. * UK CORPORATE DIARY: Berkeley Group Holdings Plc HY earnings release Weir Group Plc Capital Markets Day * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: TODAY'S UK PAPERS > Financial Times > Other business headlines (Reporting by Samantha Machado in Bengaluru)
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