August 21, 2017 / 5:17 AM / a year ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug 21

    Aug 21 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 20
points at 7,303.9 on Monday, according to financial bookmakers.
    * BT: BT Group Plc's EE is planning to threaten the telecoms
regulator Ofcom with a High Court challenge on Monday, over its planned auction
of mobile spectrum.
    * SHELL: Royal Dutch Shell has lifted a cargo of 600,000 barrels of
crude oil from Libya's Zueitina port, its first from the war-torn north African
country in 5 years, two industry sources told Reuters on Saturday.
    * HIKMA: Hikma Pharmaceuticals Plc's U.S. subsidiary has raised the
price of a common diarrhea drug by more than 400 percent and is charging more
for five other medicines as well, the Financial Times reported on
    * SHELL: The large crude distillation unit at Royal Dutch Shell Plc's
 325,700 barrel-per-day (bpd) joint-venture Deer Park, Texas, refinery
may be shut for up to two weeks of repairs from a Thursday fire, sources
familiar with plant operations said on Friday.
    * RATHBONE BROTHERS: British wealth manager Rathbone Brothers said
on Saturday it was in exclusive talks with UK-based financial services provider
Smith & Williamson over a possible all-share merger.
    * OIL: Oil markets were stable on Monday, largely holding on to Friday's big
gains even though rising U.S. output weighed on hopes the market will tighten
after a 13 percent fall in U.S. crude inventories since March.
    * The UK blue chip FTSE 100 index closed down 0.9 percent at
7,323.98 points on Friday, as top share came under pressure from falls among
consumer giants, financials and airline stocks, caught up in a broader risk-off
move following the attack in Spain.
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets
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 (Reporting by Siju Varghese)
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