March 9, 2020 / 5:22 AM / a month ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 9

    March 9 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down
419 points on Monday, according to financial bookmakers. 
    * COVID-19: Britain on Sunday advises citizens against all but essential
travel to a number of areas in northern Italy because of the spread of
coronavirus there.
    * WIZZ AIR: A Wizz Air press conference in Abu Dhabi scheduled for
Tuesday, where Chief Executive Jozsef Varadi was due to attend, has been
cancelled due to the coronavirus, organisers said on Sunday.
    * TESCO: British retailer Tesco is set to assess bids by Thai
billionaires for its Asian business on Sunday, a potential deal which could be
worth just over $10 billion, four banking sources with knowledge of the matter
    * BRITISH INSURERS:  Insurers are expected to pay policyholders an estimated
363 million pounds ($471.79 million) for flood and wind damage from two storms
in Britain last month, the Association of British Insurers said on Saturday.

    * OIL: Oil prices plummeted around 30% on Monday, with U.S. oil heading for
its biggest loss on record, after Saudi Arabia slashed prices and set plans for
a dramatic increase in crude production in April.
    * GOLD: Gold prices rose above the $1,700 per ounce level on Monday for the
first time in more than seven years, after a stock market rout due to concerns
over a widening coronavirus outbreak and its economic impact drove investors
towards safe-haven assets.
    * The UK blue-chip index closed down 3.6% on Friday as growing
economic risks from the coronavirus outbreak fuelled investor worries and added
to the sell-off on global stock markets. Fears about the virus also sparked a
flight to the safety of bonds.
 NMC Health PLC                 Q4 2019 Earnings
 JPMorgan                       Full Year Earnings
 Abcam PLC        ABCA.L        Half Year 2020 Earnings
 Endeavour        EDV.TO        Q4 2019 Earnings
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 Countrywide PLC                Full Year 2019 Earnings 
 Studio Retail                  Trading Statement
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 (Reporting by Aniruddha Ghosh in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber)
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