April 2, 2019 / 6:44 AM / 17 days ago

UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 2

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April 2 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 15 points on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers, while FTSE 100 futures were up 0.22 percent ahead of the cash market open.

* OIL: Oil prices rose to fresh 2019 highs on Tuesday, supported by firm Chinese economic data that eased demand concerns, the possibility of more sanctions on Iran and further Venezuelan supply disruptions.

* GOLD: Gold prices slipped to a more than three-week low on Tuesday as waning global economic slowdown concerns lifted the dollar and equity markets.

* Non-Standard Finance: British sub-prime lender Non-Standard Finance has secured commitments for more than 50 percent of shares with its hostile bid for troubled larger rival Provident Financial, the company said on Tuesday.

* WIZZ AIR: Low-cost airline Wizz Air said its net profit for the year to end-March would be in the upper half of its 270-300 million euros ($303-336 million) guidance, reflecting robust demand across its central and eastern European markets.

* BREXIT: Britain was no nearer to resolving the chaos surrounding its departure from the European Union after parliament failed on Monday to find a majority of its own for any alternative to Prime Minister Theresa May's divorce deal.

* G4S: Britain's government will from July 1 permanently take over the running of Birmingham Prison from private operator G4S after inmate violence made the prison unmanageable.

* ACCOUNTING FIRMS: Britain's "Big Four" accounting firms should be broken up to improve standards and transparency in book-keeping after audit failures at construction company Carillion and retailer BHS, British lawmakers said on Tuesday.

* NextDecade Corp signed a 20-year binding sales and purchase agreement (SPA) with Royal Dutch Shell for the supply of two million tonnes per annum of LNG from NextDecade's Rio Grande LNG export project in Brownsville, Texas, with full destination flexibility.

* Russian steel magnate Alexey Mordashov has reached a definitive agreement to buy a 41.9 percent stake, excluding treasury shares, in Russian food retailer Lenta from TPG Group and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), his firm said on Tuesday.

* The UK blue chip index closed 0.5 percent higher on Monday, joining a global rally sparked by data showing Chinese factory activity growth.

* For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on:

TODAY'S UK PAPERS

> Financial Times

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