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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Nov 24
Published at 24/11/2020 at 05:56

Nov 24 - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 37 points higher at 6,371 on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers.

* ASTRAZENECA: AstraZeneca said on Monday its COVID-19 vaccine was 70% effective in pivotal trials and could be up to 90% effective, giving the world's fight against the global pandemic a third new weapon that can be cheaper to make, easier to distribute and faster to scale-up than rivals.

* GREENCORE: Food group Greencore said on Monday it plans to raise cash by issuing new shares after reporting an 81% plunge in annual profit due to the COVID-19 crisis.

* JD SPORTS: JD Sports is in exclusive talks with British department store chain Debenhams over a potential rescue takeover, the Times reported on Monday.

* ROYAL DUTCH SHELL: Royal Dutch Shell PLC may begin the permanent shutdown of its 211,146 barrel-per-day Convent, Louisiana, refinery early next week, people familiar with plant operations said on Monday.

* VODAFONE: Vodafone said on Monday that operations on its German mobile network were returning to normal after the failure of control equipment caused a widespread outage lasting more than three hours.

* GOLD: Gold slipped as progress on a COVID-19 vaccine and a federal agency's approval of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's transition to the White House bolstered risk appetite, denting the bullion's safe-haven appeal.

* OIL: Brent crude prices hit their highest levels since March as news of a third promising vaccine candidate spurred hopes of a quick recovery in oil demand.

* The UK blue-chip index closed 0.3% lower on Monday.


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(Reporting by Priyanshi Mandhan; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi)