LONDON (Reuters) - The FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 18-19 points, or 0.4 percent on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers, retreating slightly after solid gains in the previous session with investors awaiting some key corporate news, notably results from oil giant BP.
The blue chip index closed 58.89 points, or 1.1 percent higher on Monday at 5,247.41 supported by upbeat U.S. manufacturing data, with banks and commodity issues topping the list of gainers. No important domestic economic data is due for release on Tuesday, and the only U.S. pointer of real interest will be December pending home sales, so macro attention will remain directed ahead to Thursday's Bank of England interest rate decision and the December U.S. jobs report, due on Friday.
* GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares rebound; resource stocks surge
* US STOCKS-Wall St rallies on ISM manufacturing data, Exxon
* Nikkei rises 1.6 pct on yen and Toyota
* FOREX-Dlr off 6-mth highs, Aussie up ahead of rate call
* TREASURIES-Steady in Asia before key jobs data
* Oil trims gains after $75 hit, dollar stronger
* PRECIOUS-Gold steady near $1,105; eyes U.S. jobs data
* METALS-Shanghai copper rises chasing LME gains
UK stocks to watch on Tuesday are:
The oil major posts fourth-quarter results.
The cigarettes manufacturer holds its annual general meeting.
ARM HOLDINGS (E:ARM)
The chip designer reports fourth-quarter results.
DAIRY CREST GROUP (Dairy Crest Group PLC ORD 25P)
The diary products firm will issue a trading update.
BABCOCK INTERNATIONAL (Babcock International Group PL)
The engineering contractor issues a trading update.
SHANKS GROUP (Shanks Group PLC ORD 10P)
The waste management firm issues a trading update.
CHLORIDE GROUP (Chloride Group PLC ORD 25P)
The power protection group issues a trading update.
MAXIMA HOLDINGS (Maxima Holdings PLC Ord 1p)
The software firm delivers second-quarter results.
NWF GROUP (NWF Group PLC ORD 25P)
The warehousing and distribution group reports first-half results.
NUMIS CORPORATION (Numis Corporation PLC ORD 5P)
The stockbroker holds its annual general meeting.
(Reporting by Jon Hopkins; Editing by Mike Nesbit)