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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug. 20
Published at 20/08/2019 at 06:27

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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(Reporting by Pushkala Aripaka in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi Aich)

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