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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug 13
Published at 13/08/2020 at 06:18

Aug 13 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 47 points lower at 6,233 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.

* ASTRAZENECA: Argentina and Mexico will produce the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for most of Latin America, Argentine President Alberto Fernandez said on Wednesday.

* AIRLINES: Southwest Airlines Co , Ryanair Holdings Plc and easyJet Plc are the only three airlines whose bonds are still rated investment grade, S&P Global Ratings said.

* OIL: Crude oil prices eased slightly but held most of their gains from the previous session after U.S. government data showed a fall in inventories.

* GOLD: Gold climbed 1% on a softer dollar, consolidating further above the key $1,900 level, with an ultra-low interest rate environment and worries over global economic fallout from mounting COVID-19 cases.

* EX-DIVS: Ashtead Group , Aviva , Astrazeneca , BP

, Diageo , Glaxosmithkline , Legal&General , Phoenix Group , Pearson , Royal Dutch Shell , Segro

and Smurfit Kappa will trade without entitlement to its latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming 22.4 points off the FTSE 100, according to Reuters calculations.

* The UK blue-chip index jumped 2% on Wednesday as investors focused on signs of a recovery in economic output in June, shrugging off a record 20.4% plunge in the second quarter, the largest contraction reported by any major economy.

* UK CORPORATE DIARY:

National Express Group HY Earnings Releases

Renishaw FY Earnings Releases

Coats Group HY Earnings Releases

Just Group HY Earnings Releases

GVC Holdings Interim Results

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(Reporting by Tapanjana Rudra)

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