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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on June 17
Published at 17/06/2019 at 06:28

June 17 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 23 points higher at 7,369 on Monday, according to financial bookmakers.

* HARGREAVES LANSDOWN: Hargreaves Lansdown Chief Executive Officer Chris Hill is waiving a bonus of as much as 2.1 million pounds ($2.65 million) over the firm's links with Neil Woodford's suspended fund, the Financial Times reported on Sunday.

* SERCO, BABCOCK: British outsourcer Serco has made two attempts to merge with its bigger rival Babcock in a deal focused on the defence industry which would have created a company worth 4 billion pounds ($5 billion), The Sunday Times reported.

* RBS: Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) said on Sunday the completion of a merger between Alawwal bank and Saudi British Bank would lead to RBS shedding 4.7 billion pounds ($5.9 billion) of risk weighted assets and boost its core capital.

* GOALS SOCCER CENTRES: British five-a-side football pitch operator Goals Soccer Centres is preparing to launch a sale process within months, Sky News reported on Saturday.

* RYANAIR: Belgium's labour laws can apply to Ryanair employees based in the country, a local court ruled on Friday, in a case that could set a precedent elsewhere in Europe and upholds a 2018 agreement reached between the airline and Belgian unions.

* OIL: Oil prices rose on Monday after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington will take all actions necessary to guarantee safe navigation in the Middle East, as tensions mounted following attacks on tankers last week.

* GOLD: Gold prices steadied on Monday after retreating from a 14-month peak in the previous session, as the dollar strengthened on back of strong U.S. retail sales report, while investors await U.S. Federal Reserve meeting this week.

* The UK blue chip index slipped by 0.3% on Friday as Asia-focused banks took a hit from underwhelming Chinese industrial growth data, while Kier shed more than a third of its value after it was reported to be planning to sell its housebuilding unit at a discount.

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(Reporting by Tanishaa Nadkar in Bengaluru)

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