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UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug. 13
Published at 13/08/2020 at 07:49

(Adds futures, news items)

Aug 13 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 47 points lower at 6,233 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures down 0.9% ahead of cash markets open.

* JUST GROUP: Insurer Just Group posted higher first-half earnings as strong in-force profit cushioned a slump in new business profit.

* NATIONAL EXPRESS: Bus company National Express reported a pre-tax loss for the first half and said travel activity remained at "much suppressed levels".

* TUI: TUI , the world's largest tourism company, sunk to a 1.1 billion euro loss in its third quarter as the COVID-19 pandemic stopped holidays.

* TOPPS TILES: Tile retailer Topps Tiles said trading had been strong in recent weeks and forecast "modest" pretax profit for its 2019-20 year.

* GVC: Ladbrokes owner GVC said it would not pay an interim dividend after it reported lower core profit for the first half of 2020.

* 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 slipped after OPEC said it expected demand for fuels to fall more than expected.

* 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.

* For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on:

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(Reporting by Tapanjana Rudra)

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