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UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on June 18

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June 18 - Britain's FTSE 100 futures (FFIc1) fell 0.53% on Thursday, before cash markets open.

TESCO: British supermarket group Tesco (TSCO.L) said it was selling its Polish business for 819 million zlotys ($206.52 million), leaving it focused on the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.

NOVACYT: Healthcare and clinical diagnostics company Novacyt (LON:NCYT) (ALNOV.PA), (NCYT.L), whose shares have surged on the back of its COVID-19 testing products, announced the launch of three new products to support testing for the presence of the virus.

LLOYD'S OF LONDON: The Lloyd's of London insurance market has apologised for its role in the 18th and 19th Century Atlantic slave trade.

TAYLOR WIMPEY: Builder Taylor Wimpey TW.L on Thursday raised about 522 million pounds ($655.16 million) in a discounted share sale, about 22 million pounds more than it had planned.

BP : British oil major BP Plc (BP.L) raised $12 billion of debt with equity-like features, taking advantage of low interest rates to fortify its balance sheet.

BOE: Britain's insurers should use the findings of an emergency stress test in April to check if they can meet business interruption claims from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bank of England said.

OIL: Oil prices fell around 1% as a spike in new cases of the novel coronavirus in China and the United States renewed fears that a recovery in fuel demand could stall.

GOLD: Gold prices were steady, with the metal caught between a strengthening U.S. dollar and a pullback in global equities.

METAL: London copper fell, as rising coronavirus cases in top consumer China's capital city sparked worries of another round of lockdown.

The UK blue-chip index (.FTSE) closed up 0.2% on Wednesday, as a series of upbeat corporate earnings bolstered hopes of an economic recovery.


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