July 27, 2018 / 5:04 AM / a year ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 27

    July 27 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 20
points higher at 7,684 on Friday, according to financial bookmakers.
    * BHP-BP: BP Plc has agreed to buy U.S. shale oil and gas assets from
global miner BHP Billiton, for $10.5 billion, expanding the
British oil major's footprint in oil-rich onshore basins in its biggest deal in
nearly 20 years.
    * MELROSE: British turnaround firm Melrose is considering a series
of sales of GKN businesses after clinching an 8 billion pound ($10.5 billion)
hostile takeover of the aerospace and automotive parts supplier earlier this
year, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.
    * CENKOS SECURITIES: Activist investor Crystal Amber has told
London-based stockbroker Cenkos Securities' chairman to put the
business up for sale, Sky News reported on Thursday.
    * GOLD: Gold prices edged up on Friday but stayed close to one-year lows,
with investors waiting for data later in the day on U.S. economic growth.

    * OIL: Oil prices slipped on Friday in quiet trading after three days of
gains, but took support from Saudi Arabia halting crude transport through a key
shipping lane, falling U.S. inventories and easing trade tensions between
Washington and Europe.
    * The UK blue chip FTSE 100 index ended up 0.06 percent at 7,663.17
points on Thursday, as a drop in heavyweight oil stocks weighed on the index,
which lagged a broader rally across European stocks as U.S.-EU trade tensions
    * 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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