December 20, 2019 / 6:15 AM / a month ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Dec. 20

    Dec 20 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening flat at
7,574 on Friday, according to financial bookmakers.
    * NMC HEALTH: NMC Health Plc said on Thursday that a report by U.S.
short-selling firm Muddy Waters earlier this week criticising the healthcare
group's financial statements was "false and mis-leading".
    * 3I INFRASTRUCTURE: 3i Infrastructure is selling its 93% stake in
Wireless Infrastructure Group (WIG) to Brookfield Infrastructure, two weeks
after divesting its British projects portfolio.
    * JUST EAT: Takeaway.com was poised to win the battle for British
food delivery company Just Eat after it trumped a raised offer from rival
Prosus NV, which put it within reach of a 50% threshold needed to
clinch the deal.
    * OIL: Oil prices held steady near three-month highs on Friday, heading for
a third consecutive weekly rise, on the back of easing Sino-U.S. trade tensions
that have weighed on demand as well as the global economic growth outlook.

    * GOLD: Gold prices inched lower on Friday in range-bound trade, pressured
by increased risk appetite on hopes of an interim Sino-U.S. deal being signed
soon, while investors awaited U.S. GDP data release for fresh cues.
    * The UK blue-chip index closed up 0.4% on Thursday, partly in response to a
weaker pound, which came under pressure from fears Britain may leave the
European Union without a trade deal at the end of 2020.
    
    * UK CORPORATE DIARY:  
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 (Reporting by Samantha Machado in Bengaluru)
  
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