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CORRECTED-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Sept. 24

 (Corrects to 5,849 points from 584 in first paragraph)
    Sept 24 - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 50 points lower
at 5,849 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.
    * ASTRAZENECA: AstraZeneca said that it has no involvement in a
planned clinical trial where volunteers would be given an experimental vaccine
and then be deliberately infected with the new coronavirus, as reported by the
Financial Times.
    * TESCO: There is no need for Britons to panic buy groceries after the
government imposed new restrictions to stem a second wave of COVID-19, the boss
of Tesco, the UK's biggest supermarket chain, said on Wednesday.

    * GOLD: Gold fell on Thursday to its lowest level in more than two months,
crippled by a robust dollar, while investors fretted over uncertainties
surrounding further stimulus measures to support a sluggish economic recovery in
the United States.
    * OIL: Oil futures fell on Thursday on concerns the economic recovery in the
United States, the world's biggest oil consumer, is slowing as the coronavirus
outbreak lingers and a resurgence in European cases led to new travel
restrictions there.
    * The UK blue-chip index closed up 1.2% on Wednesday, after Prime
Minister Boris Johnson said the government had a "massive" package to protect
jobs, offsetting concerns over new restrictions brought in to curb a resurgence
in COVID-19 cases.
    
    * UK CORPORATE DIARY:       
 Smiths Group Plc                      FY results
 Go-Ahead Group Plc                    FY results
 Mitchells & Butlers Plc               Pre-close trading statement
 Cineworld Group Plc                   Interim Q2 results
 DFS Furniture Plc                     FY results
 United Utilities                      Pre-close trading statement
 SIG Plc                               HY results
 

    
    * 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)
  
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