March 20, 2018 / 5:32 AM / a year ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 20

    March 20 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 27
points higher on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers.
    * BRITAIN-EU: Britain and the European Union agreed on Monday to a
transition period to avoid a "cliff edge" Brexit next year -- though only after
London accepted a potential solution for Northern Ireland's land border that may
face stiff opposition at home.
    * CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA: Britain's data protection authority plans to seek a
warrant to search the offices on Tuesday of London-based political consulting
firm Cambridge Analytica, UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham told
Channel 4 News on Monday.
    * FENNER: French tyre maker Michelin plans to buy British
engineering company Fenner for 1.2 billion pounds ($1.7 billion) so
that it can serve mining companies better and benefit from an industry recovery.
    * MICRO FOCUS: FTSE 100 software group Micro Focus saw its
470-million-euro term loan B drop over 150 basis points in secondary trading on
Monday, after its shares plunged by more than 40 percent following weaker than
expected results.
    * OIL: Oil prices edged up on Tuesday, lifted by tensions in the Middle
East, although rising output in the United States and shaky stock markets put a
lid on further gains.
    * GOLD: Gold was firm on Tuesday, having recovered from over a two-week low
hit in the previous session, as traders waited to gauge the path of U.S.
monetary policy for the rest of the year from the two-day Federal Reserve
meeting that kicks off later in the day.
    * The UK blue chip index closed 1.7 percent lower at 7,042.93 on Monday,
after Britain and the European Union agreed on a post-Brexit transition which
boosted the sterling but weighed on the internationally exposed index.

    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets
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 (Reporting by Radhika Rukmangadhan in Bengaluru)
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