August 3, 2017 / 5:39 AM / a year ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug 3

    Aug 3 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 6 points
lower at 7405.2 on Thursday, according to financial spreadbetters.
    * BOE: The Bank of England looks set to keep interest rates at a record low
once again on Thursday with investors looking for signs that, faced with Brexit,
it is getting nearer to raising rates for the first time in a decade.

    * COPPER: Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange CMCU3 was mostly
flat at round $6,354.50 a tonne.
    * GOLD/DEMAND: Global demand for gold fell 14 percent in the first half of
this year due mainly to a sharp decline in purchases by exchange traded funds,
the World Gold Council said in a report on Thursday.
    * OIL: Oil dipped on Thursday as a rally that has pushed up prices by almost
10 percent since early last week lost momentum despite renewed signs of a
gradually tightening U.S. market. Brent crude futures, the international
benchmark for oil prices, were trading down 20 cents, or 0.4 percent, at $52.16
per barrel at 0506 GMT.
    * EX-DIVS: Unilever, RELX and Micro Focus will go
ex-dividend on Thursday, after which investors will no longer qualify for the
latest dividend payout. According to Reuters calculations at current market
prices, the effect of the resulting adjustment to prices by market-makers would
take 2.35 points off the index.
    * Britain's major share index slipped on Wednesday as basic resources and
financial stocks weighed on another full day of earnings with Standard Chartered
and Rio Tinto among the large companies reporting disappointing results. The
FTSE 100 dipped 0.3 percent after two robust sessions of gains, dragged
down by heavyweight miners Rio Tinto and Glencore, with financials the biggest
sector weight.   
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 (Reporting by Sanjeeban Sarkar in Bengaluru)
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