Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 5 points lower at 6,286 on Monday, according to financial bookmakers. * RIGHTMOVE: British property website Rightmove said a mini housing market boom was gathering pace after a tax cut by finance minister Rishi Sunak. * MARKS AND SPENCER: British retailer Marks and Spencer Group Plc plans to announce hundreds of job cuts in the coming week, Sky News reported on Sunday, citing sources. * EUROPEAN UNION: European Union is negotiating advance purchase deals of potential COVID-19 vaccines with drugmakers Moderna, Sanofi and Johnson & Johnson as well as biotech firms BioNtech and CureVac, two EU sources told Reuters. * OIL: Oil prices fell on Monday, unnerved by the prospect that a recovery in fuel demand could be derailed by a rise in the pace of coronavirus infections around the world. * GOLD: Gold prices edged lower on Monday due to a stronger U.S. dollar, but worries over surging coronavirus cases and its impact on the global economy kept the safe-haven metal above the psychological level of $1,800 per ounce. * The UK blue-chip index ended up 0.6% on Friday, bolstered chiefly by AstraZeneca amid anticipation of a deal with Russia to manufacture a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the drugmaker and Oxford University. * UK CORPORATE DIARY: SThree Plc HY Earnings Release * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: TODAY'S UK PAPERS > Financial Times > Other business headlines (Reporting by Samantha Machado in Bengaluru; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri)
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