October 18, 2018 / 5:26 AM / a year ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Oct 18

    Oct 18 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 5 points
higher at 7,060 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.
    * BHP: Samarco, a joint venture between Brazil's Vale and mining
major BHP,, could resume iron ore production at a third of its
capacity at the beginning of 2020, Vale's CEO said, though BHP declined to give
a date.
    * BAE: Britain's biggest defence company BAE Systems said it will
send senior representatives to the Future Investment Initiative conference in
Saudi Arabia.
    * ACACIA MINING: Tanzanian authorities have charged three of Acacia Mining's
 local subsidiaries, an employee and a former staffer for money
laundering and tax evasion, the gold miner said on Wednesday.
    * OIL: Oil inched up on Thursday amid ongoing tensions over the death of a
prominent Saudi journalist, with prices steadying after a big drop overnight due
to a jump in U.S. crude stockpiles.
    * GOLD: Gold prices held steady in a narrow range on Thursday as Asian
shares eased, while the dollar firmed after minutes of the Federal Reserve's
September meeting reinforced expectations of a tighter U.S. monetary policy.

    * EX-DIVS: BAE Systems and Smiths Group will trade without
entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming 1.58 points
off the FTSE 100 according to Reuters calculations.
    * The UK blue chip index closed 0.1 percent lower on Wednesday, with BP
 and Shell the biggest drags.
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets
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 (Reporting by Samantha Machado)
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