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UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Sept 24
Published at 24/09/2021 at 07:34

(Updates futures, adds news items)

Sept 24 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening steady on Friday, with futures marginally up 0.09%.

* MITIE: British outsourcer Mitie Group raised its fiscal 2022 profit forecast, boosted by higher COVID-19 contracts in the second quarter and as employers gradually welcome staff back to offices.

* TESCO: Britain's biggest retailer Tesco said it would extend its green targets by promising net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

* BP: Oil company BP said it had temporarily closed some of its petrol forecourts in Britain.

* PEEL HUNT: British mid and small-cap investment bank Peel hunt has raised 112 mln pounds in a listing on London's AIM market, it said on Friday.

* TRUCK SHORTAGE: British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the country's shortage of truck drivers shouldn't last long as the government had sped up the number of HGV tests available.

* FOOD DEAL: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whom he met this week in New York, asked him for an "emergency" agreement to supply a food product that is lacking in Britain.

* GOLD: Gold prices firmed after falling 1% in the previous session, as concerns over China Evergrande's debt woes drove some investors towards safe-haven bullion while a weaker dollar also lifted the metal's allure for holders of other currencies.

* OIL: Oil prices rose for a fourth straight day due to global supply concerns following powerful storms in the United States.

* UK's blue-chip FTSE 100 lagged regional indexes with a 0.1% fall after the Bank of England said the case for higher interest rates "appeared to have strengthened" after it nudged up inflation forecasts for the year.

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(Reporting By Geetha Panchaksharam)

((geetha.panchaksharam@thomsonreuters.com))