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UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 17

Stock Markets Jul 17, 2020 08:07
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Britain's FTSE 100 (.FTSE) index is seen opening 21 points higher at 6,272 on Friday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures (FFIc1) seen up 0.3% ahead of cash market open.

BRITISH AIRWAYS: British Airways, the world's largest operator of Boeing (NYSE:BA) 747s, will retire its entire jumbo jet fleet with immediate effect after the novel coronavirus pandemic sent air travel into freefall.

RIO TINTO: Rio Tinto (LON:RIO) RIO.AX reported a 1.5% rise in iron ore shipments for the second quarter.

NHS INVESTMENT: Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to pour 3 billion pounds ($3.77 billion) into England's National Health Service (NHS) to try to ward off any resurgence of the coronavirus.

5G: The U.S. and British foreign ministers agreed to promote the development of "additional trusted 5G solutions," the U.S. State Department said on Thursday, two days after Britain decided to purge Huawei equipment from its 5G network.

OIL: Oil prices were unchanged, with trading marked by growing uncertainty about global recovery in fuel demand as new COVID-19 cases surge in several countries.

GOLD: Gold steadied near the $1,800 level after a sharp fall in the previous session, as worries over surging coronavirus cases and U.S.-China tensions underpinned its safe-haven appeal.

METAL: London copper dipped as heightened Sino-U.S. tensions sparked worries of a tit-for-tat retaliation that could dampen economic growth and demand for metals.

The UK blue-chip index (.FTSE) was down 0.7% on Thursday, as apprehension over the local job market and a drop in China's retail sales chipped away at hopes for a swift economic recovery.

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