October 17, 2018 / 6:11 AM / 9 months ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Oct 17

    Oct 17 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 27
points higher at 7,087 on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers.
    * BHP: The world's biggest miner, BHP, said on Wednesday
its first-quarter iron ore production rose 8 percent on strong Chinese demand
for high-grade ore, but cut its fiscal 2019 guidance for copper production,
citing outages at key mines.
    * ANGLO AMERICAN: Anglo American Plc should restart operations at
its Brazilian Minas Rio iron ore mine in November or December and a planned
ramp-up to 26.5 million tonnes per year is likely to be reached in 2021, the
miner's Brazil chief said on Tuesday.
    * OIL: Oil prices extended gains into a fourth session on Wednesday, buoyed
as industry data showed a surprise decline in U.S. crude inventories and as
geopolitical tensions over the disappearance of a prominent Saudi journalist
stoked supply worries.
    * GOLD: Gold prices edged lower early Wednesday as equities gained and the
dollar firmed amid waning risk-averse sentiment, with the market awaiting
minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting for fresh clues on
the pace of interest rate hikes.
    * The UK blue chip FTSE 100 index closed up 0.4 percent points at
7,059.40 on Tuesday, lagging European peers and Wall Street as Brexit optimism
and data showing fast-rising wages lifted sterling, acting as an accounting drag
for multinationals and exporters.
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets
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 (Reporting by Siju Varghese)
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