Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 18 points lower at 6,303 on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers. * LOCKDOWN: Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday pubs, restaurants and hotels could reopen in England early next month. * SHELL: Britain's Supreme Court heard an appeal on Tuesday from Nigerian farmers and fishermen seeking to pursue claims against oil major Royal Dutch Shell over spills in the Niger Delta. * BHP: Global miner BHP Group announced stricter health protocols on Tuesday after cases of the novel coronavirus at its Escondida copper mine in Chile. * JD SPORTS: JD Sports on Tuesday appointed Deloitte as administrator for its loss-making outdoor clothing chain. * OIL: Oil futures dropped, extending losses from the previous day, after U.S. crude stockpiles grew more than expected, adding to worries about oversupply. * GOLD: Gold prices climbed to its highest level in nearly eight years, as demand for the safe-haven asset was boosted by worries over a surge in coronavirus infections. * The UK blue-chip index closed up 1.2% on Tuesday, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson took more steps to relax the country's coronavirus lockdown. * UK CORPORATE DIARY: Crest Nicholson HY Results Holdings PLC Naked Wines PLC Earnings Releases Premier Foods PLC Earnings Releases Petrofac Trading Update * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: TODAY'S UK PAPERS > Financial Times > Other business headlines (Reporting by Tapanjana Rudra)
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