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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Nov. 15

Nov 15 (Reuters) - Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening lower on Monday, with futures down 0.10%. *ASTRAZENECA: Bahrain has approved the emergency use of AstraZeneca’s anti-COVID drug Evusheld, the state news agency reported on Sunday *WIZZ AIR: Wizz Air Chief Executive Jozsef Varadi said on Sunday the Hungarian budget carrier was built for organic growth, but was not “blind”. *SOLAR PLANT: Britain’s export credit agency UK Export Finance (UKEF) said it would provide over £217 million ($291.04 million) worth of government backing to help construct Turkey’s largest solar facility, in its largest-ever guarantee for a solar project. *BOOSTER VACCINES: The British government is expected to extend the COVID-19 booster programme to people under the age of 50 to drive down transmission rates as winter approaches, The Times reported. *HOUSE PRICES: Asking prices for British homes slipped by 0.6% this month as the market entered its usual lull ahead of the Christmas holidays, but they are expected to resume their rise next year, a survey showed. * EU: Britain and the European Union will intensify efforts next week to break their impasse over post-Brexit trade arrangements for Northern Ireland, as Brussels cautiously welcomed a change in tone from London. * GOLD: Gold prices eased, slipping from a more than five-month peak hit in the previous session, as cautious investors assessed if rising inflation would prompt a more aggressive response by central banks. * OIL: Crude oil prices skidded, under pressure from expectations of higher supplies and weakening demand. * UK’s FTSE 100 index fell on Friday, dragged lower by drugmaker AstraZeneca following its profit miss, while commodity-linked stocks slipped as a stronger dollar dented metal and oil prices. * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: LIVE/ TODAY’S UK PAPERS > Financial Times PRESS/FT > Other business headlines PRESS/GB (Reporting by Sinchita Mitra in Bengaluru)

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