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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 9
Published at 09/07/2020 at 06:34

July 9 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 46 points higher at 6,202 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.

* RIO TINTO: Aboriginal and human rights groups called for miner Rio Tinto Ltd to be stripped of its status as a human rights leader.

* RIO TINTO: Rio Tinto said it will close its aluminium smelter operation in New Zealand due to high costs and a challenging market.

* BHP: BHP Group said its Escondida copper mine in Chile had offered some workers the option for early retirement amid the coronavirus pandemic.

* AMRYT PHARMA: Amryt Pharma , , a rare disease specialist listed on London's AIM and Dublin's ESM markets, debuted on Nasdaq on Wednesday.

* BOOHOO: Two-thirds of analysts covering fashion retailer Boohoo retained a "buy" recommendation on the company's stock despite a 45% drop in less than a week.

* PROPERTY FUNDS: Funds that offer daily redemptions to investors may have to restructure to better reflect the time it takes to sell illiquid assets like property.

* FINANCE: Britain will suspend purchase taxes for homes costing up to 500,000 pounds until the end of March next year.

* OIL: Oil prices drifted lower as concerns about renewed COVID-19 lockdowns in the United States outweighed signs of a recovery in U.S. gasoline demand

* The UK blue-chip index slipped 0.6% on Wednesday, as another jump in global COVID-19 cases overshadowed hopes of an economic rebound

* UK CORPORATE DIARY:

Robert Walters Q2 Trading update

Vistry Group Trading Update

Workspace Group Q1 Management Release

Pharos Energy Trading Statement Release

Rolls-Royce Holdings Trading Statement Release

Persimmon Trading Statement Release

Pagegroup Q2 Trading Statement Release

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(Reporting by Tapanjana Rudra)

((Tapanjana.Rudra@thomsonreuters.com;))