(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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