August 15, 2017 / 5:08 AM / a year ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug 15

    Aug 15 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 24
points on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers. 
    * SAINSBURY: Sainsbury's shelved its talks on a 130 million pounds 
($168.49 million) bid for grocery wholesaler Nisa over fear of concerns from
UK's competition authorities, The Telegraph reported on Monday. (
    * HSBC: HSBC Holdings Plc appoints three executives from Goldman
Sachs Group Inc -- namely Michael Chandler, Martin Zoll and Chito
Jeyarajah -- in an effort to strengthen its Asia-Pacific equities business,
Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, citing sources. (
    * BRITAIN-EU/CUSTOMS: Britain will propose setting up an interim customs
agreement with the European Union after Brexit to allow the freest possible
trade of goods.
    * JAPAN-BRITAIN/MAY: British Prime Minister Theresa May will visit Japan
this month for talks with her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe to discuss Brexit,
trade and defence, her office said on Tuesday.
    * OIL: Oil prices steadied in early Asian trade on Tuesday after sharp falls
the session before to the lowest in about three weeks as a stronger U.S. dollar
and a drop in Chinese refining runs hit the market.
    * GOLD:  Gold prices fell in early trade on Tuesday as easing tensions
between the United States and North Korea saw investors seek riskier assets like
    * METALS: Shanghai base metals futures fell on Tuesday, echoing weaker
London prices overnight on a weaker dollar and mixed Chinese industrial data.

    * The UK blue chip index closed 0.6 percent higher at 7,353.89 points on
Tuesday, after gains among financials and miners helped lift the index on Monday
from a three-month low, while changes to broker recommendations also prompted
moves in individual stocks.
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets
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 (Reporting by Justin George Varghese)
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