UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Thursday Dec 3

jueves 3 de diciembre de 2015 03:08 GYT
 

LONDON Dec 3 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 25
to 30 points lower, or 0.39 to 0.47 percent on Thursday, according to financial
bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
 
    
    * The UK blue chip index closed 0.4 percent higher at 6,423.41 points on
Wednesday. 
    
    * Britain's parliament voted on Wednesday to launch bombing raids against
Islamic State in Syria, supporting Prime Minister David Cameron's case that the
country needs to help destroy militants who are "plotting to kill us".
 
    
   * ROYAL DUTCH SHELL - Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday won approval
from Australia's Foreign Investment Review Board for the company's proposed $70
billion takeover of BG Group Plc, leaving China as the last regulatory
hurdle to the deal. 
    
    * BP - Manslaughter charges were dropped against two former BP well
site managers involved in the deadly 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil drilling disaster
on Wednesday, and one pleaded guilty to an environmental crime, federal
prosecutors said. 
    
     * STANDARD CHARTERED - Standard Chartered PLC has shut its
renminbi (RMB) solutions group in the United States and Europe, according to a
person with knowledge of the matter, as part of major restructuring that has
forced the lender to take an axe to one of the industry's fast-growing
businesses. 
    
    Standard Chartered Plc, the British bank with operations across Asia and
Africa, has ended its dollar-clearing operations with commercial banks in Angola
as part of its retreat from countries that it deems pose a higher risk.
 
    
    * BARCLAYS - New Barclays Plc Chief Executive Jes Staley has
approached his former JPMorgan colleague Blythe Masters to run the British
bank's investment bank division, a person familiar with the matter said on
Wednesday. 
    
    Barclays has agreed a deal to sell its Italian bank branches to CheBanca!,
the seven-year-old retail arm of Mediobanca MDBI.MI, it said on Thursday
confirming a Reuters report.  
      
    * RIO TINTO - Rio Tinto announced it has unearthed one of Canada's
largest-ever, gem-quality rough diamonds at its Diavik diamond mine in the
remote Northwest Territories, a 187.7-carat stone called the Diavik Foxfire.
 
       
    * Britain's insurers were warned by the Bank of England on Wednesday not to
dip into their reserves to flatter earnings if doing so would undermine their
resilience to market shocks. 
    
    * London's Court of Appeal has asked lawyers for Tom Hayes, jailed in August
for conspiracy to manipulate Libor benchmark interest rates, to provide an
up-to-date medical report on the former yen derivatives trader by next
Wednesday. 
       
    * Two British fighter jets took off from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus early on
Thursday shortly after Britain's parliament voted to bomb Islamic State targets
in Syria, a Reuters witness said. 
    
    * British Tornado bombers conducted their first air strikes on Syria just
hours after parliament approved Prime Minister David Cameron's plan to strike at
Islamic State militants in Syria, a government source said on Thursday.
 
    
    * Prime Minister David Cameron is pressing other members of the European
Union to conclude talks on Britain's ties with the 28-member bloc at a summit in
two weeks' time, European Council President Donald Tusk was reported as saying.
 
    
    * METALS PRICES - London copper slipped on Thursday in the face of a
steadily strengthening U.S. dollar and weakening demand growth in top consumer
China. 
    
    * OIL PRICES - Crude futures rose around 2 percent on Thursday after
a report suggested that Saudi Arabia would propose a deal to balance oil
markets, signalling the OPEC kingpin was willing to compromise after a rout that
has more than halved prices since June 2014. 

    * UK CORPORATE DIARY:
 A.G.Barr PLC                    A.G.Barr PLC Trading Statement Release
 DS Smith PLC                    Half Year 2016 DS Smith PLC Earnings
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 (Reporting by Kit Rees)