July 27, 2016 / 5:51 AM / in 2 years

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 27

July 27 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 14 to 16 points, or
0.2 percent, on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers.
    * The UK blue chip index closed 0.2 percent higher on Tuesday at 6,724.03 points, driven by
gains in lender Provident Financial, engineering firm GKN and BT, though
housebuilders fell after a series of price target cuts. 
    * LSE/DEUTSCHE BOERSE: Deutsche Boerse has won the necessary backing from its
shareholders for the planned merger with the London Stock Exchange Group, with the
German exchange operator reporting a 60.35 percent approval rate on Tuesday ahead of the 2200
GMT deadline. 
    * ACACIA MINING/BARRICK GOLD CORP: Barrick Gold Corp, the world's largest gold
producer, is weighing a sale of its majority stake in African unit Acacia Mining Plc 
and has approached several South African miners, according to sources familiar with the
    * UK OIL LICENCES: Britain has cut rental fees by up to 90 percent in its latest tender for
oil and gas licences in the North Sea launched on Wednesday in a bid to attract companies to
find new fields in the mature basin. 
    * OIL: Oil prices dipped in Asian trading on Wednesday as plentiful supplies and slowing
economic growth weighed on markets, although some analysts said that the current downtrend would
be modest and see a recovery later this year. 
        * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets
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 (Reporting by Esha Vaish in Bengaluru)
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