UPDATE 2-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 19

martes 19 de julio de 2016 02:49 GYT

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July 19 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening around 22 points lower, or 0.3 percent, on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures down 0.4 percent ahead of the cash market open.

* The UK blue chip index closed 0.4 percent up at 6,504.33 points on Monday, the highest closing level since August last year, after Japan's SoftBank Group agreed to buy chip designer ARM Holdings in a $32 billion cash deal.

* RIO TINTO: Rio Tinto said on Tuesday it was on track to meet its full-year iron ore shipment guidance from its Australian mines of roughly 330 million tonnes, underscoring the strength of sales to China, despite concerns of oversupply.

* BP: British oil company BP Plc has chartered a foreign-flagged vessel to transport Alaskan crude, the company said on Monday, the latest sign that producers of Alaskan North Slope, or ANS, crude are eyeing new markets.

* SHELL: Wood Group oil and gas maintenance workers employed at several Royal Dutch Shell platforms in the North Sea will go on strike for 24 hours on July 26, labour union Unite said on Monday.

* IG GROUP: IG Group Holdings Plc, a British online trading company, said Britain's vote to leave the European Union presented new challenges for its business over the next few years although it was making plans to protect its European operations.

* LEGAL & GENERAL: Legal & General Group has completed a 750 million pound ($990.98 million) pension buy-in transaction for the ICI pension fund, the insurer said on Tuesday.   Continuación...