November 15, 2017 / 5:37 AM / in a year

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Nov 15

    Nov 15 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 4
points at 7,410.4 on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers. 
    * ASTRAZENECA: Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca Plc on
Tuesday said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its drug
Benralizumab, as an add-on treatment for patients with severe asthma aged 12
years and older.
    * GOCMOPARE-ZPG: British company GoCompare has rejected a 460
million pound ($600 million) takeover approach made by rival ZPG, owner
of the real estate website Zoopla and utility price comparisons website uSwitch.

    * BREXIT: The European Union is sizing up Britain for a post-Brexit free
trade deal along the lines of one it agreed last year with Canada, people
familiar with talks among national envoys on Tuesday told Reuters.
    * GOLD: Gold prices firmed on Wednesday as investors awaited the October
consumer inflation data from the United States for potential hints on the
Federal Reserve's monetary tightening policy.
    * OIL: Oil prices fell over 1 percent on Wednesday, continuing Tuesday's
slide after the International Energy Agency cast doubts over the past few
months' narrative of tightening fuel markets. 
    * The UK blue chip FTSE 100 index ended the session flat in
percentage terms at 7,414.42.6 points on Tuesday, as Tesco rallied
after it won approval for a takeover and Vodafone reported strong
results, outweighing weakness among mining companies.
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets
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