LONDON (Reuters) - The FTSE 100 is seen opening up 46-48 points, or 0.9 percent on Monday, according to financial bookmakers, recovering most of the falls made in the previous session in tandem with a late recovery from lows on Wall Street on Friday and gains in Asian equity markets.
Britain's leading share index ended down 55.93 points, or 1.1 percent on Friday at 5,258.02, extending its losing streak to a third session to register a 1.0 percent fall for the week, having hit a 10-week closing high on Tuesday.
But over July as a whole, the FTSE 100 index rose 6.9 percent, its best monthly increase for exactly a year.
U.S. stocks closed little changed on Friday, but Wall Street also wrapped up its best month in a year after the earnings season rounded the final turn with a group of strong results that offset the impact of poor economic data.
Asian stocks rose on Monday on strong corporate earnings and shrugged off news that Chinese manufacturing shrank in July amid investor hopes that the world's fastest growing major economy will expand strongly.
HSBC's China Purchasing Managers' Index fell below the boom-bust line of 50 in July for the first time since the depths of the global downturn in March 2009. The index dropped to 49.4 from 50.4 in June.
On the domestic macro front, July Markit/CIPS manufacturing PMI data will be released at 9:28 a.m., but the main focus for the week will be the Bank of England interest rate announcement on Thursday, although no change is expected to current monetary policy.
Across the Atlantic, U.S. July ISM and June construction spending numbers should be of interest this afternoon, but investor attention will mostly be directed towards Friday's July U.S. jobs report.
Commodity issues are expected to lead the rebound in London on Monday, buoyed by a rise in crude oil and base metals prices, but banks will be a big focus as HSBC (Hsbc Holdings PLC ORD $0.50 (U) kicks off the sector's reporting season at around 9 a.m. on Monday, with the rest of the UK banks all posting numbers this week.
Stocks to watch on Monday are:
HSBC (Hsbc Holdings PLC ORD $0.50 (U)
The global banking giant reports first-half results.
BP could start plugging its broken deepsea oil well in the Gulf of Mexico on Monday night, more than three months after its rupture led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.
Also, Italy's environment minister has become the first senior EU official suggesting that a moratorium may be appropriate on deepwater operations following BP's plans to start drilling for oil and gas off Libya, The Financial Times said on Monday.
And, BP is seeking to sell its German petrol station chain Aral for around 2 billion euros, German magazine Wirtschaftswoche reported on Saturday, citing investment bankers familiar with BP's plans.
XSTRATA (Xstrata PLC ORD USD0.50)
Xstrata, the world's largest exporter of thermal coal used for power generation, said about 200 workers are on strike at its six million tonnes-per-year Collinsville mine in Australia.
DANA PETROLEUM (Dana Petroleum PLC ORD 15P)
Oil explorer Dana Petroleum and would-be buyer Korea National Oil Corp have agreed to meet, ending a tense stand-off between the two sides, a source familiar with the matter said on Sunday.
RANK GROUP (Rank Group PLC ORD 13 8/9P)
The British gaming firm plans to spend 50 million pounds to expand its casino operations by a third, a company spokesman said on Sunday.
ITV (ITV PLC ORD 10P)
Britain's biggest free-to-air commercial broadcaster, will this week unveil plans for a pay-TV service as part of a five-year strategy under new Chief Executive Adam Crozier, Sunday newspapers reported.
PRUDENTIAL (Prudential PLC ORD 5P)
Tidjane Thiam, chief executive of the insurer, is set to announce a 5 percent increase in the company's dividend alongside the group's interim results in two weeks' time in an attempt to appease Prudential shareholders, The Sunday Times said.
LADBROKES (Ladbrokes PLC ORD 28 1/3P)
The bookmaker is to begin using its betting shop employees to take bets over the phone when their shops are not busy in order to maximise efficiency of resources, The Mail on Sunday said.
EASYJET (Easyjet PLC ORD 27 2/7P)
The new chief executive of the discount airline, Carolyn McCall, has commenced a strategic review of the company's operations in an attempt to tackle problems with its punctuality record and criticisms over timekeeping from its founder, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, The Sunday Times said.
COAL OF AFRICA (Coal of Africa Limited ORD NPV)
Coal of Africa has not carried out any unauthorised activity at its Vele mine project in South Africa, the company said on Monday, in response to comments by the government that it had flouted environmental laws.
INTERTEK GROUP (Intertek Group PLC ORD 1P)
The testing equipment firm posts first-half results.
HAMMERSON (Hammerson PLC ORD 25P)
The real estate group unveils first-half results.
TULLETT PREBON (Tullett Prebon PLC ORD 25P)
The inter-dealer broker delivers first-half results.
SENIOR (Senior PLC 10P)
The engineering firm reports first-half results.
ULTRA ELECTRONICS (Ultra Electronics Holdings PLC)
The electronics engineer unveils first-half results.
XCHANGING (Xchanging PLC ORD 5P)
The outsourcing group posts first-half results.
XPOWER (XP Power Limited ORD 1P (DI))
The electrical components maker delivers first-half results.
TELECITY (Telecity (WI) ORD 0.2P (WI))
The data centre firm posts firs-half results.
The support services firm reports first-half results.
FILTRONIC (Filtronic PLC ORD 0.1P)
The telecoms technology group unveils first-half results.
KELLER GROUP (Keller Group PLC ORD 10P)
The ground engineer posts first-half results.
FIDESSA GROUP (Fidessa Group PLC ORD 10P)
The trading systems and market data firm reports first-half results.
ARENA LEISURE (Arena Leisure PLC ORD 5P)
The racecourses operator delivers first-half results.
The technical products supplier issues a trading update.
(Reporting by Jon Hopkins; Editing by Tricia Wright)