April 26, 2017 / 5:43 AM / a year ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 26

    April 26 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 2
points on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers. 
    * BHP: BHP Billiton, on Wednesday trimmed its full-year
production guidance for iron ore, coking coal and copper due to bad weather at
mines in Australia and industrial action in Chile over the last
    * ROYAL BANK: British Bank Royal Bank of Scotland toxic debt
settlement was delayed  because of changes at the Department of Justice since
the election of President Trump, The Times reported on Wednesday. (bit.ly/2pguujt)
    * ROYAL DUTCH: Royal Dutch Shell Plc's 285,500 barrel per day (bpd)
joint-venture Deer Park, Texas, refinery was restarting a hydrocracker on
Tuesday after completing planned work, said sources familiar with plant
    * OIL: Oil prices settled slightly higher on Tuesday in volatile trading,
then were mixed after hours when an industry group's preliminary report showed a
surprise build in U.S. crude inventories.
    * COPPER: Copper hit a week high on Tuesday as risk appetite continued to
strengthen following centrist Emmanuel Macron's victory in the first round of
the French presidential election on Sunday, though gains were capped by worries
over demand in China.

    * The UK blue chip index ended up 0.15 percent on Tuesday, after the first
round of the French election dissipated and investors focused on corporate
results which indicated tougher times ahead for consumer goods
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets
    * UK CORPORATE DIARY:       
 Antofagasta Plc                      Q1 2017 Production Report
 Croda International Plc              Q1 2017 Trading Update
 GAN Plc                              Full Year 2016 Earnings Release
 Proactis Holdings Plc                Half Year 2017 Earnings Release
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 (Reporting by Harish Bhaskar)
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