August 1, 2018 / 5:20 AM / a year ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug. 1

    Aug 1 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 12
points at 7,737 points on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers.
    * HSBC: A former HSBC executive has won a British court battle
against the U.S. government over his extradition, according to the judge's
ruling published on Tuesday.
    * RBS: Britain's financial watchdog should get new powers to regulate
business loans after it was unable to punish Royal Bank of Scotland for
its "deficient" treatment of customers, lawmakers said on Tuesday.
    * GOLD: Gold prices came under pressure on Wednesday as news that the Trump
administration has plans to propose higher tariffs on Chinese goods stoked
demand for the U.S. dollar.
    * OIL: Oil prices fell on Wednesday after industry data showed U.S.
stockpiles of crude unexpectedly rose, and as economic growth slowed, especially
in Asia, amid the escalating trade dispute between the United States and China.

    * The UK blue chip index closed 0.6 percent higher at 7,748.76 on Tuesday,
as hopes that the United States and China would avert a trade war lifted global
stock markets and helped British shares close on a six-week high and post a
monthly gain for July.
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets
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 (Reporting by Shashwat Awasthi in Bengaluru)
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