UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Jan 8

viernes 8 de enero de 2016 02:22 GYT

Jan 8 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 1
point, or 0.01 percent on Friday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on
the factors affecting European stocks, please click on 
    * The commodity-heavy FTSE 100 hit a three-week low and closed down
119.30 points, or 2 percent at 5,954.08 on Thursday, to wipe 33 billion pounds
off the index's market capitalisation, after China allowed its currency to
weaken faster than before, rocking global markets and sending commodity shares
to their lowest levels for about a decade. 
    * STANDARD CHARTERED: Standard Chartered Plc  said Deputy
Chief Executive Mike Reese will step down from his role on April 30 and leave by
year end, the latest veteran to leave the emerging markets-focused
    * MARKS & SPENCER CEO: Marc Bolland will step down as the boss of retailer
Marks & Spencer in April, bringing an end to a turbulent tenure in which
he modernised the 132-year-old British institution but failed to bring its
clothing back into fashion. Bolland, who has been chief executive for six years,
will be succeeded by company veteran Steve Rowe in arguably the most prestigious
- and high-profile - job in British retail. 
    * SHELL-BG DEAL: Royal Dutch Shell has told investors its purchase
of BG Group Plc can work even if oil prices average $50 a barrel for two
years, its lowest estimate to date as it seeks to secure shareholder support for
the $51 billion deal amid plunging crude markets. 
    * BHP BILLITON: Tailings released from the dam burst at a Brazilian iron ore
mine that killed 17 people were much less than some early estimates, the
operator of the mine has confirmed, co-owner BHP Billiton  said
on Friday. 
    * BLACKSTONE: Blackstone Group is planning to bring its multi-manager
hedge fund platform Senfina Advisors to Britain, three sources with direct
knowledge of the move told Reuters. 
    * TESCO: Britain's biggest supermarket Tesco said it will introduce
a delivery charge for "click and collect" orders under 30 pounds ($43.75), in a
move it said will ensure the service remains sustainable. 
    * ZINC ANTITRUST/GLENCORE:  A U.S. judge on Thursday dismissed an antitrust
lawsuit in which zinc purchasers accused affiliates of Goldman Sachs Group Inc
, JPMorgan Chase & Co and Glencore Plc of conspiring to
drive up the metal's price. 
    * BRITAIN EU: Hungary's prime minister said on Thursday he believed central
European countries could reach a deal on Britain's demand to curb benefits for
migrant workers from EU countries in a bid to persuade Britons to stay in the
European Union. 
    * BRITAIN EMPLOYMENT: Salaries for people starting permanent jobs in Britain
rose at the weakest pace in over two years in December, further clouding the
outlook for the kind of wage growth needed to fuel Britain's economic recovery,
a survey showed. 
    * BRITAIN ECONOMY: British finance minister George Osborne warned on
Thursday that the economy faced a "dangerous cocktail" of threats from abroad
and he urged against complacency after two years of solid growth. 
    * BRITAIN REGISTRATIONS: Europe's second biggest auto market Britain
recorded its highest ever car sales in 2015, but the continent will likely need
a continued recovery in southern European markets to drive growth this year,
industry experts said on Thursday. 
    * BRITAIN PENSION: Most British savers retiring between July and September
last year fully cashed out their pension pots after rule changes, the financial
markets regulator said, feeding concern they are not seeking financial
    * COPPER: London copper sank to near its weakest since mid-2009 on Friday
after an equity rout this week jangled nerves over Beijing's ability to revive
its shuddering economy, casting a pall over the demand outlook from the world's
top user of metals. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange had
dropped 0.35 percent to $4,508 a tonne by 0620 GMT. 

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 (Reporting by Rahul B in Bengaluru; Editing by Sunil Nair)