Aug 20 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is expected to
open 3 points lower at 7,187 on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers.
* GREENE KING: British pubs operator Greene King has agreed to
a 4.6 billion pounds bid from a Hong Kong-listed company founded by
the territory's richest man Li Ka-Shing, which said it was seeking to
increase its UK presence even as Brexit looms.
* BHP: BHP Group posted its largest annual profit in five years
and record full-year dividends, but its share price eased as the
world's biggest miner flagged global economic headwinds that could hit
demand for its key commodities, iron ore and copper.
* OIL: Crude oil prices held mostly steady on Tuesday on optimism
that U.S.-China trade tensions would ease and on hopes that major
economies would enact stimulus measures to counter a possible global
economic slowdown that could affect oil demand.
* GOLD: Gold prices were flat on Tuesday, after declining more
than 1% in the previous session hit by an uptick in risk appetite,
while investors awaited meetings by policy-makers later in the week
for clues on possible interest rate cuts.
* London's FTSE 100 bagged gains of 1% on Monday led by oil majors
and Asia-exposed banks that rose on moves by China to keep business
interest rates low, while pub operator Greene King helped midcaps
outshine after agreeing to be bought out.
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