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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 19
Published at 19/03/2019 at 05:42

March 19 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 is seen opening 9 points lower at 7,290 on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers.

* SAINSBURY: Sainsbury's and Walmart's Asda will provide a more specific commitment to cut prices in response to a negative provisional view by Britain's competition watchdog of their proposed tie-up, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

* EASYJET: British budget airline easyJet pulled out of talks to rescue Alitalia on Monday, leaving the Italian carrier's future uncertain only two weeks before a deadline to save it.

* OCADO: British online supermarket Ocado plans to establish an office for its Ocado Solutions technology business in the Washington D.C. area of the United States, it said on Monday.

* CME GROUP: Euro-denominated government bond, repurchase agreement and foreign exchange trading at CME Group has moved from London to Amsterdam to avoid disruption from Brexit, the exchange said on Monday.

* GOLD: Gold prices rose for a third consecutive session on Tuesday as the dollar weakened on expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will maintain a dovish tone at its monetary policy meeting this week.

* OIL: Oil prices were near 2019 highs on Tuesday, supported by supply cuts led by producer club OPEC.

* The UK blue-chip index closed 0.98 percent higher at 7299.19 on Monday after Britain's parliament speaker struck a fresh blow to Theresa May's EU divorce deal, while a rally in miners and oil stocks also lent support.

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