July 12, 2017 / 5:36 AM / a year ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 12

    July 12 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 21
points higher on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers. 
    * GLENCORE: A federal court in Argentina has ordered the suspension of
activities at Glencore Plc's Alumbrera gold and copper mine as part of
a pollution complaint, according to court documents seen by Reuters on Tuesday.

    * AMEC FOSTER: British oil and gas services company Amec Foster Wheeler
 and individuals associated with the business are under investigation by
the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the company said on Tuesday.    
    * HSBC HOLDINGS/UBS Group: HSBC Holdings Plc and UBS Group AG
 have each agreed to pay $14 million to settle private U.S. litigation
accusing them of rigging an interest rate benchmark used in the $483 trillion
derivatives market.
    * OIL: Oil prices on Wednesday extended gains from the previous day as the
U.S. government cut its crude production outlook for next year and as fuel
inventories plunged.     
    * GOLD: Gold prices edged further away from a four-month low on Wednesday,
as investors awaited testimony from U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and
central bank officials expressed caution about further interest rate hikes.
    * COPPER: Copper prices climbed in Asia to their highest in more than one
week on Wednesday amid a weaker U.S. dollar and concerns about industrial action
that could further crimp mine supply.
    * The UK blue chip index closed down 0.6 percent at 7,329.76 points on
Tuesday, as Pearson and Marks & Spencer overshadowed gains in miners.

    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets
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 (Reporting by Harish Bhaskar)
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