UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Jan 16

    Jan 16 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 12
points at 7,631 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.    
    * LEKOIL: A consultancy firm that allegedly arranged a fraudulent $184
million loan announced by Nigerian oil company Lekoil Ltd said on
Wednesday that it welcomed an investigation into the matter.
    * GOLD: Gold prices held steady after the United States and China signed a
preliminary trade deal, as investors worried that a number of sore issues
remained unresolved between the world's two top economies.
    * OIL: Oil prices rose after the signing of the trade deal that sets the
stage for a surge in Chinese purchases of American energy products, while U.S.
crude inventories fell more than expected.
    * METAL: Copper prices fell on investor doubts that the U.S.-China deal
would improve metals demand.
    * EX-DIVS: Ashtead Group, Compass Group and SSE Plc
will trade without entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out on Thursday,
trimming 2.8 points off the FTSE 100 according to Reuters calculations [ID:
    * London's main share index rose slightly on Wednesday, hours before the
sealing of the U.S.-China trade deal, though sentiment was tempered when
Washington said tariffs on Chinese goods would not be rolled back immediately.

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 (Reporting by Rishika Chatterjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber)