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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 29
Published at 29/07/2021 at 06:35

July 29 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening lower on Thursday, with futures down 0.06%.

* Lloyd's of London: Lloyd's of London plans to develop insurance products for electric vehicles and hydrogen as part of its efforts to fight climate change, the specialist insurance market said.

* BOE: Britain's government should take on hundreds of billions of pounds of hard-to-sell bonds held by the Bank of England to reduce the risk of the BoE's independence being questioned when the time comes to raise interest rates, a think-tank said.

* GOLD: Gold climbed to a more than one-week high on Thursday after U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell struck a dovish tone, indicating much remains to be done before policy tightening begins, while a softer dollar lent further support to the metal.

* OIL: Oil prices rose as crude stockpiles in the United States, the world's top oil consumer, fell to their lowest since January 2020, with Brent crude oil prices pushing back past $75 a barrel.

* British mid-caps rose on Wednesday to hit all-time highs, led by gains in travel stocks after England scrapped some quarantine rules, while a set of strong earnings from Barclays and Fresnillo supported the blue-chip FTSE 100.

* UK CORPORATE DIARY:

AstraZeneca Plc HY results

Shell Q2 results

Anglo American HY results

Rentokil Initial HY results

Informa HY results

Schroders HY results

Compass Trading update

SEGRO HY results

Diageo FY results

Indivior HY results

Smiths & Nephew HY results

Drax HY results

National Express HY results

Elementis HY results

Inchcape HY results

CMC Markets Trading update

Pets at Home Trading update

Equiniti HY results

EVRAZ Trading update

BT Q1 results

Sage Trading update

Bae Systems HY results

Relx HY results

Lloyds HY results

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(Reporting by Shanima A in Bengaluru)

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