June 29, 2017 / 5:50 AM / 2 months ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on June 29

    June 29 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is
seen opening up 37 points at 7,424 on Thursday, according to
financial bookmakers. 
    
    * Rolls-Royce: Rolls-Royce has plans for a new test plant in
Derby, making way for its biggest single investment into the UK
in more than a decade, The Financial Times reported on
Thursday.(on.ft.com/2siPGdF)
    * RIO TINTO: Rio Tinto shareholders
approved the sale of a suite of Australian coal assets to
China-backed Yancoal Australia for $2.69 billion,
ending a bidding war with commodities trader Glencore.

    * BARCLAYS: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission may
take action against bankers from Barclays Plc and
Morgan Stanley for their roles in Puerto Rico bond sales,
Bloomberg reported.
    * ROYAL DUTCH SHELL: The widows of four of nine men executed
by Nigeria's military regime in 1995 have filed a civil lawsuit
seeking compensation and an apology from Royal Dutch Shell
 for alleged complicity in a military crackdown,
according to a writ filed in a court in The Hague. 
    * OIL: Crude oil futures rose for a sixth consecutive
session on Thursday, as a decline in U.S. production underpinned
the market that has been under pressure from a global supply
glut.
    * GOLD: Gold held firm on Thursday as the U.S. dollar
hovered near 10-month lows on bets that central banks in Europe
and Britain are preparing to scale back monetary
stimulus.
    * COPPER: London copper punched through a key technical
level on Thursday as a weaker dollar and falling supply helped
prices hit their highest in almost three months.
    * EX-DIVS: Babcock International,British Land
Company,Coca Cola HBC, International
Consolidated Airlines, Royal Mail will trade
without entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out on
Thursday, trimming 2.26 points off the FTSE 100 according to
Reuters calculations 
    * The UK blue chip index fell 0.6 percent on Wednesday,
depressed by a slide in Hargreaves Lansdown and oil
stocks, though a jump in Bunzl's shares offered some relief.

    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please
click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets
    
    * UK CORPORATE DIARY:    
 Greene King Plc                Full Year 2017 Earnings Release
 ReNeuron Group Plc             Full Year 2017 Earnings Release
 Blur Group Plc                 Full Year 2016 Earnings Release
 John Wood Group Plc            Trading Update Release
 DS Smith PLC                   Full Year 2017 Earnings Release
        
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 (Reporting by Harish Bhaskar)
  

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