July 23, 2019 / 5:38 AM / 5 months ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 23

    July 23 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 27
points higher at 7,542 on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers.    
    * BRITISH AIRWAYS: British Airways pilots have voted overwhelmingly for
strike action in a pay dispute that could disrupt the British flag carrier's
peak summer holiday season.
    * INMARSAT: Britain said on Monday it would scrutinise the acquisition of
satellite communications firm Inmarsat by a private equity-led
consortium to examine any potential impact on national security.
    * DEBENHAMS/SPORTS DIRECT: British department store group Debenhams said
former shareholder Sports Direct had withdrawn from a challenge to its
rescue plan because it did not have sufficient legal grounds, but the sports
retailer would continue to fund the action.
    * HEATHROW AIRPORT: Campaigners against the expansion of Heathrow Airport
have won the right to lodge a new legal challenge against the construction of a
new runway at Europe's biggest airport, Greenpeace, one of the appellants, said
on Monday.
    * LLOYDS BANKING‎ GROUP: Lloyds Banking‎ Group PLC will pay about
140 million pounds to Standard Life Aberdeen PLC (SLA) to settle a legal
fight over the future of a 100 billion pound asset management mandate, Sky news
reported on Monday.
    * U.S. commodities trader Bunge Ltd and British energy company BP Plc
 said on Monday they will merge their Brazilian sugar and ethanol
operations to create the world's third-largest sugarcane processor.
    OIL: Oil prices edged higher on Tuesday amid lingering concerns about
possible supply disruptions in the Middle East, but an overall weaker demand
outlook kept a lid on gains, helped by a vow by the International Energy Agency
(IEA) to take swift action to keep global oil markets adequately supplied.

    GOLD: Gold prices fell on Tuesday as the dollar strengthened and some
investors locked in profits ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve meeting next week.

    * The UK blue chip index closed 0.1% higher as gains in oil heavyweights
amid heightened tensions in the Middle East helped London's main index hold
steady on Monday.
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on:

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 (Reporting by Samantha Machado in Bengaluru)
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