UK Stocks-FTSE futures rise around 0.2 percent
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LONDON Aug 18 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 futures contract rose around 0.2 percent on Tuesday. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on.
* The UK blue chip index closed flat at 6,550.30 points on Monday.
* NATIONWIDE : Britain's biggest customer-owned lender Nationwide said a new banking tax will cost the group 300 million pounds ($467 million) over the next five years, impacting its ability to lend.
* PERSIMMON : Housebuilder Persimmon reported higher first-half profits.
* ROYAL DUTCH SHELL : Royal Dutch Shell has entered a framework deal with a Chinese energy firm to jointly purchase and distribute liquefied natural gas, Shell said on Tuesday, a rare cooperation between a global energy company and a local private player.
The Obama administration also granted Royal Dutch Shell final clearance on Monday to resume drilling for oil and gas in the environmentally fragile Arctic Ocean for the first time since 2012, a move green groups vowed to fight. Continuación...