February 22, 2017 / 7:29 AM / a year ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Feb. 22

    Feb 22 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 8
points on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers. 
    * The blue-chip FTSE index closed down 0.3 percent at 7,274.83
points on Tuesday, dragged down by banking stocks as a week of full-year
earnings releases for major listed banks began with a profit slump for HSBC.

    * ANGLO AMERICAN: Anglo American said on Tuesday it will walk away
from its El Soldado copper mine in Chile if it cannot agree with local
regulators on a permit for a redesign of the operation.
    * LSE: Deutsche Boerse AG and the London Stock Exchange Group Plc
 are planning further concessions to satisfy the European Commission's
concerns about their planned merger, two sources familiar with the matter said
on Tuesday.
    * UK AGRICULTURE: British farmers are holding back on big investments as
they brace for the UK's exit from the European Union, their largest market and a
vital source of subsidies.
    * OIL: Oil prices held near multi-week highs on Wednesday after OPEC
signalled optimism over its deal with other producers to curb output to clear a
glut that has weighed on markets since 2014.
    * COPPER: Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was 0.4
percent lower at $6,038 a tonne by 0410 GMT after dropping 0.2 percent the
previous session.
    * GOLD: Gold held firm on Wednesday after falling as much as 1 percent the
session before, with investors waiting for minutes from the Federal Reserve's
latest meeting for clues on the timing of interest rate hikes. nL4N1G71LG]
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets
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 (Reporting by Sanjeeban Sarkar in Bengaluru; Editing by Amrutha Gayathri)
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