The FTSE 100 <.FTSE> index was seen opening up 2-8 points, or 0.1 percent, on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers.
The main focus will be the UK budget, where Chancellor George Osborne looks set to divert attention from the country's limp economy with politically driven tax measures, aiming to appease both parties in the ruling coalition and keep financial markets onside.
The benchmark index closed down 69.70 points, or 1.2 percent, at 5,891.41 on Tuesday, having rallied more than 6 percent since the start of the year and after hitting an eight-month peak last week, dragged down by miners as BHP Billiton
Details of how the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee voted in their recent meeting to decide on interest rates and quantitative easing will be released at about 0930 GMT, with a unanimous vote in favour of keeping interest rates at record lows and no further quantitative easing expected.
Public sector net borrowing (PSNB) figures for February were due at 9.30 a.m. British Time. Britain posted the largest budget surplus in four years in January, putting deficit cuts ahead of plans.
In the United States, mortgage data is due out at 1100 GMT followed by existing home sales data at 2 pm British Time, with investors looking for clues to see if the upbeat consumer sentiment the world's biggest economy has been showing of late is feeding through to the embattled housing market.
British inflation may be slightly higher this year and next than the Bank of England forecast last month, due to the threat of higher oil prices and weak productivity growth, BoE chief economist Spencer Dale said on Tuesday, reinforcing expectations that the Bank of England will not extend its programme of quantitative easing when the current round is completed in May.
Formula One (F1), the top global motor racing series, is considering options for a stock market listing, a source told Reuters, as media reports named Singapore as its preferred location for the float.
BANKS European banks are preparing a new type of securitised vehicle bundling together loans to commodity trading houses to try to resolve the credit crunch in the commodities industry, the Financial Times reported.
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