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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 28
Published at 28/07/2021 at 06:06

July 28 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening lower on Wednesday, with futures down 0.2%.

* INFLATION: British retailers cut their prices more heavily this month than in June as supermarkets intensified their battle for customers, an industry group said, offering some relief to shoppers as broader inflation accelerates.

* BHP: London's Court of Appeal made a U-turn on Tuesday by agreeing to reopen a $7 billion lawsuit by 200,000 claimants against Anglo-Australian mining giant BHP , reviving a case over a dam rupture behind Brazil's worst environmental disaster.

* SHELL: Royal Dutch Shell said on Tuesday it would buy renewable energy retailer Inspire Energy Capital LLC, as the European major looks to expand its renewable power business in the United States.

* RIO TINTO: Britain's financial watchdog is conducting a probe into Rio Tinto and its $6.75 billion underground copper project in Mongolia's Gobi Desert, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday.

* RIO TINTO: Rio Tinto said on Tuesday it would invest $2.4 billion to develop its Jadar lithium project in Serbia, bringing forward an investment decision that was expected later in 2021, as demand for electric vehicle batteries is on the rise.

* WM MORRISON: WM Morrison's biggest shareholder, Silchester, is not inclined to support a takeover offer from private-equity firm Fortress Investment Group at upcoming court and shareholder meetings, it said on Tuesday.

* GOLD: Gold prices firmed above the key psychological level of $1,800 on a weaker dollar, though gains were curbed by investor caution ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting that could offer clues on the U.S. central bank's policy tapering plans.

* OIL: Oil prices climbed after industry data showed U.S. crude and product inventories fell more sharply than expected last week, reinforcing expectations that demand will outstrip supply growth even amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.

* London's FTSE 100 fell on Tuesday, weighed by insurance and consumer staple stocks, with Lysol maker Reckitt Benckiser adding to the pressure as it missed quarterly sales estimates.

* UK CORPORATE DIARY:

Fresnillo Q2 report

GSK Q2 results

British American Tobacco HY results

Metro Bank HY results

Lancashire Holdings Q2 results

ST. James Place HY results

Dignity HY results

Smurfit Kappa HY results

ITV HY results

Rio Tinto HY results

Barclays HY results

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

TODAY'S UK PAPERS

> Financial Times

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(Reporting by Shanima A in Bengaluru)

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