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.
Investors were digesting Australia's central bank's surprise decision to keep rates steady at 3.75 percent on Tuesday.
* 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.
CADBURY (Cadbury PLC Ord 500p)
Kraft Foods (Kraft Foods Inc) is expected to clinch just enough support for Cadbury shareholders on Tuesday to sneak its controversial 11.7 billion pounds takeover deal over the finishing line, the Daily Mail said.
ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND (Royal Bank of Scotland Group P)
RBS has written to investors detailing the bank's pay deal which will see bankers receiving their bonuses entirely in shares but with the option to convert a large portion into cash within 12 weeks, The Daily Telegraph said.
Virgin Money's new chairman Brian Pitman said on Monday he is interested in buying Lloyds (Lloyds Banking Group PLC ORD 1) and RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland Group P) branches if the locations are right.
CENTRICA (Centrica PLC ORD 6 14/81P)
The owner of British Gas has announced plans to produce biomethane from farm and food waste and sewage sludge in order to pipe "green" gas into homes for heating, The Times said.
British American Tobacco (British American Tobacco PLC O) and Imperial Tobacco (Imperial Tobacco Group PLC), the FTSE 100 cigarette manufacturers, have criticised plans by the Government to regulate the industry, The Daily Telegraph said.
The cigarette 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 dairy 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.
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 Tricia Wright)