June 28, 2019 / 5:33 AM / in a year

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on June 28

    June 28 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 1 point
higher at 7,404
on Friday, according to financial bookmakers. 
    * UNITE GROUP: Britain's Unite Group said on Thursday it was in
advanced talks to buy fellow student accommodation firm Liberty Living from
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB).
    * TCS GROUP: Russian consumer lender TCS Group, the parent company
of Tinkoff Bank, said on Thursday it would raise extra capital by offering 16.7
million global depositary receipts (GDRs) at $18 per unit.
    * BT: BT Group said on Thursday that Orange, France's
number one telecoms operator, would offer up its entire 2.5% stake in the
Britain's former telecoms monopoly.
    * GLENCORE: At least 41 artisanal miners were killed on Thursday when part
of a copper and cobalt mine owned by Glencore collapsed in southeast
Congo, the provincial governor said.
    * PETROFAC: Iraq has temporarily suspended Petrofac from bidding on
new contracts, although existing deals are not affected, the head of an Iraqi
state oil firm said on Thursday.
    * MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS: Britain's Merlin Entertainments Plc is to
be acquired for 6 billion pounds ($7.6 billion) by a group made up of Kirkbi,
the investment vehicle of Lego's founding family, private equity firm Blackstone
Group LP and Canadian pension fund CPPIB, the Financial Times reported on
    * BHP: BHP Group has agreed to pay the state of Western
Australia A$250 million ($175 million) to end a dispute over royalties paid on
iron ore shipments sold through its Singapore marketing hub, the two parties
said on Friday.
    * GOLD: Gold prices jumped on Friday, heading for their best month in three
years, as uncertainty loomed over whether highly anticipated trade talks between
China and the United States would yield any progress in ending a year-long trade
    * OIL: Oil prices eased on Friday in a cautious market, as traders eyed a
scheduled meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi
Jinping at the G20 summit and next week's OPEC meeting.
    * The UK blue chip index closed 0.2% lower on Thursday as initial investor
optimism gave way to uncertainty amid conflicting reports on whether Washington
and Beijing would commit to a trade truce, while Glencore skidded after a mine
collapse in Congo.
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 (Reporting by Samantha Machado in Bengaluru)
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