February 23, 2018 / 5:21 AM / 23 days ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Feb 23

    Feb 23 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 11
points lower at 7,241.4 on Friday, according to financial bookmakers.
    * TEMENOS/FIDESSA: Temenos's planned 1.4 billion pound ($1.95
billion) takeover of financial software peer Fidessa Group will enable
faster sales growth at the British company, Temenos Chief Executive David Arnott
told Reuters on Thursday.
    * STOBART: British haulier Stobart is in talks with UK regional
airline Flybe FLYB.L about a potential deal between the two companies, according
to a source familiar with the matter.
    * STANDARD CHARTERED: Standard Chartered said on Thursday it will
fully consolidate its operations in Singapore into its local subsidiary,
reinforcing its commitment to the country.
    * RIO TINTO: Rio Tinto, is moving some of its support staff
as it creates three global hubs, but is not changing its operating model, it
said on Thursday.
     * SERCO: Britain's Serco has called for more transparency from the
government over the award of public contracts to protect companies after rival
Carillion went bust, saying the market should not be a "Wild West".
    * BRITISH FOODS: Primark owner Associated British Foods said on
Thursday its chairman Charles Sinclair will retire on April 11 and be succeeded
by Michael McLintock, an existing non-executive director at the
    * OIL: Oil prices dipped on Friday as high U.S. crude exports outweighed
lower crude inventories in the world's biggest consumer of the fuel.
    * GOLD: Gold prices slipped on Friday and were headed for their sharpest
weekly drop in 2-1/2 months as the dollar strengthened during the
    * METALS: London copper eased on Friday and was headed for a small weekly
drop as the dollar gained steam this week on rising expectations of U.S.
interest rate hikes, but prospects of demand were rosy given a healthy outlook
for global economic growth.
    * BRITAIN-ENERGY: Britain's green energy production hit record highs in
2017, government data showed on Thursday, while overall output rose for a third
    * BRITAIN-TRADE: Britain will be able to agree and sign trade deals during a
transition period after it leaves the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa
May's spokesman said on Thursday after some Brexit campaigners feared a new
document cast doubt on the ability to trade independently.
    * BRITAIN-JOBS: Britain's' biggest smart meter maker Landis+Gyr is
considering moving some production abroad because of a 20 percent rise in costs,
due in part on the pound's fall after Britain's vote to leave the European
Union, the GMB union said on Thursday.
    * The UK blue chip index closed 0.4 percent to 7,252.39 points on Thursday.

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 (Reporting by Harish Bhaskar)
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