August 20, 2019 / 5:28 AM / 5 months ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug. 20

    Aug 20 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is expected to open 3
points lower at 7,187 on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers.
    * GREENE KING: British pubs operator Greene King has agreed to a 4.6
billion pounds bid from a Hong Kong-listed company founded by the territory's
richest man Li Ka-Shing, which said it was seeking to increase its UK presence
even as Brexit looms.
    * BHP: BHP Group posted its largest annual profit in five years and
record full-year dividends, but its share price eased as the world's biggest
miner flagged global economic headwinds that could hit demand for its key
commodities, iron ore and copper.
    * OIL: Crude oil prices held mostly steady on Tuesday on optimism that
U.S.-China trade tensions would ease and on hopes that major economies would
enact stimulus measures to counter a possible global economic slowdown that
could affect oil demand.
    * GOLD: Gold prices were flat on Tuesday, after declining more than 1% in
the previous session hit by an uptick in risk appetite, while investors awaited
meetings by policy-makers later in the week for clues on possible interest rate
    * London's FTSE 100 bagged gains of 1% on Monday led by oil majors and
Asia-exposed banks that rose on moves by China to keep business interest rates
low, while pub operator Greene King helped midcaps outshine after agreeing to be
bought out. 
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on:
    * UK CORPORATE DIARY:          
 Empiric Student Property PLC                Half Year Earnings Release
 Scancell Holdings PLC                       Full Year Earnings Release
 Persimmon PLC                               Half Year Earnings Release
 John Wood Group PLC                         Half Year Earnings Release
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 (Reporting by Pushkala Aripaka in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi Aich)
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