August 10, 2017 / 5:44 AM / a year ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug 10

    Aug 10 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 45
points on Thursday, according to financial spreadbetters.
    * BP: Australia's antitrust regulator said on Thursday it was concerned BP
Plc's plan to buy the petrol stations of grocery giant Woolworths Ltd
 would hurt competition, a sign it may block the A$1.8 billion ($1.4
billion) deal.
    * SKY: Hedge fund manager Crispin Odey has said he is considering
withdrawing his support for Twenty-First Century Fox's attempt to take
over Sky, saying he believes the 11.7 billion pound ($15.20 billion)
deal undervalues the British broadcaster.
    * SSE: British energy utility SSE has hedged 1.2 billion pounds
($1.56 billion) of longevity risk in two of its defined benefit pension schemes,
adviser Hymans Robertson said on Thursday.
    * BHP: The rise of electric vehicles is driving the world's biggest mining
house, BHP, to switch gears and invest heavily in its
long-suffering nickel business.
    * PENSION INSURANCE CORP: Specialist annuity provider Pension Insurance Corp
(PIC) is interested in buying books of UK annuity policies which are closed to
new customers, its head of strategic development David Collinson told Reuters on
    * WORLDPAY: U.S. credit card processing company Vantiv secured a
deal to buy British-based rival Worldpay for 8 billion pounds ($10.4
billion) on Wednesday in a bid to create a $29 billion global payments
    * EX-DIVS: Anglo American, AstraZeneca,Barclays, BP
, BT Group, Diageo, Direct Line, Fresnillo
, GKN Plc, GlaxoSmithKline, Informa, Lloyds
Banking Group, Royal Dutch Shell A, Royal Dutch Shell B
, Rio Tinto and Rentokil Initial will trade without
entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming 41.30 points
off the FTSE 100 according to Reuters calculations
    * Britain's blue chip FTSE 100 index ended the session down 0.6
percent at 7,498.06, broadly in line with a negative European market. Britain's
top share index was shaken from its summer lull on Wednesday as geopolitical
tensions hit equity markets globally, sending investors into safe-havens such as
gold mining stocks, while an earnings update weighed on shares in G4S.

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 (Reporting by Arathy S Nair in Bengaluru)
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