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UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 28
Published at 28/07/2021 at 07:47

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July 28 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening lower on Wednesday, with futures up 0.03%.

* BARCLAYS: Barclays reported first half profits nearly trebled as it followed Wall Street rivals in reaping bumper investment banking fees from frenzied dealmaking.

* WIZZ AIR: Wizz Air said it expected to ramp up capacity to between 90% and 100% of pre-pandemic levels this month and next as summer demand for European travel grows.

* RIO TINTO: Rio Tinto said first-half underlying earnings more than doubled due to a surge in iron ore prices on strong demand from China.

* BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO: British American Tobacco

reported better-than-expected revenue for the first half of the year as it added a record number of new customers for its vaping products.

* ITV: ITV said advertising had rebounded strongly, with June delivering the largest ad revenue for the month for the broadcaster in its history.

* ASTON MARTIN: Aston Martin reported a 224% increase in sales to its dealers, boosted by its first sport utility vehicle, the DBX.

* LANCASHIRE: Lancashire posted a pre-tax profit of $54.1 million in the first half, helped by rising premium rates.

* METRO BANK: Metro Bank's total loans were 17% lower than a year earlier, its first-half results showed.

* ASTRAZENECA: AstraZeneca's COVID-19 shot did not increase the instances of rare blood clots with low platelets in people after the second dose, a study published in the Lancet medical journal showed.

* INFLATION: British retailers cut their prices more heavily this month than in June as supermarkets intensified their battle for customers, an industry group said.

* 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.

* WM MORRISON: WM Morrison's biggest shareholder, Silchester, is not inclined to support a takeover offer from 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.

* OIL: Oil prices climbed after industry data showed U.S. crude and product inventories fell more sharply than expected last week.

* London's FTSE 100 fell on Tuesday, weighed by insurance and consumer staple stocks.

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

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(Reporting by Shanima A in Bengaluru)

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