July 26, 2017 / 5:36 AM / a year ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 26

    July 26 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 2
points on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers.
    * ACACIA MINING: Acacia Mining's shares fell for a sixth straight
session on Tuesday, a day after the gold miner was hit with a tax bill of more
than $190 billion by the Tanzanian government.
    * VEDANTA RESOURCES: Zambia's Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) said on Tuesday it
was halting operations indefinitely at its Nchanga underground mine (NUG) in
Chingola state due to theft of high voltage cables.
     * METRO BANK: Metro Bank Plc said successful completion of the non
pre-emptive cash placing of new ordinary shares.
    * BREXIT: The International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday that it foresaw
only a modest increase in transaction costs if clearing and other financial
activities are moved from the City of London to the European Union after Brexit.

    * BRITAIN AUTO: Britain's government will announce on Wednesday that it will
ban the sale of petrol- and diesel-fuelled cars from 2040 when all vehicles must
be fully electric as part of a plan to clean up air pollution, newspapers
reported on Tuesday.
    * COPPER: London Metal Exchange copper was up 0.5 percent at $6,257
a tonne, as of 0221 GMT, extending from Monday's gains. Earlier in the session,
prices hit $6,280 a tonne, its highest since May 2015.
    * OIL: Oil prices firmed on Wednesday to hold near eight-week highs hit in
the previous session, on expectations of a drawdown in U.S. stocks and as a rise
in shale oil production shows signs of slowing.
    * The UK blue chip index FTSE 100 closed 0.8 percent higher at
7,434.82 points on Tuesday, as strong results and buoyant basic resource stocks
boosted the index and small-cap luxury shoemaker Jimmy Choo soared 17
percent after an agreed bid by U.S. retailer Michael Kors.
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets
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 (Reporting by Siju Varghese)
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