July 25, 2018 / 5:06 AM / a year ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 25

    July 25 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 4
points lower at 7,705 on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers.
    * BHP: The world's largest copper mine, BHP's, Escondida in
Chile, said on Tuesday it had made a final offer in talks with the union
representing its rank-and-file workers that includes a beefed up contract
signing bonus and a 1.5 percent increase in wages.
    * METRO BANK: British lender Metro Bank said on Tuesday it would
raise about 300 million pounds ($394 million) through a share placing and
reported higher first-half underlying pretax profit, setting it on track for its
second full year of profitability.
    * LENTA: Russian food retailer Lenta expects positive free cash
flow next year, the company told investors on Tuesday.
    * BRITAIN-INSURANCE: Brussels, Athens and Piraeus are among cities London
insurance brokers could consider for European Union subsidiaries, with time
running out to plan for a hard Brexit, a trade body said on
    * GOLD: Gold prices were little changed on Wednesday as the dollar held
steady ahead of a meeting between the U.S. and European Commission presidents to
discuss trade-related issues.
    * OIL: Oil prices rose for a second day on Wednesday after industry group
data showed U.S. crude inventories fell more than expected last week, easing
worries about oversupply that had dragged on markets in recent
    * The UK blue chip FTSE 100 index ended the session up 0.7 percent
at 7,709.05 points on Tuesday, as banks and mining companies rallied, joining in
with a broader rise across European stocks as sectors bruised by trade
uncertainty regained some ground.
    * 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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