UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug. 18

    Aug 18 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening open 10
points lower at 6,118 on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers. 

    * BHP: BHP Group, on Tuesday said it expected most major
world economies except China to bear the brunt of a coronavirus-led downturn
this year, reporting a 4% drop in annual profit that missed analysts' estimates.

    * GOLD: Gold prices extended gains to inch closer to the $2,000 mark on
Tuesday as the dollar weakened, with traders also focusing on minutes from the
U.S. Federal Reserve's last policy meeting set to release this week.

    * OIL: Oil prices slipped on Tuesday, though they mostly held onto overnight
gains after OPEC+ said the producer grouping is almost fully complying with
output cuts to support prices amid a drop in demand for fuels due to the
coronavirus pandemic.
    * METALS: Copper prices rose on Tuesday, as a weakening U.S. dollar made
greenback-denominated metals more attractive to buyers using other currencies.

    * The UK blue-chip index was up 0.8% on Monday as more stimulus in
China powered mining stocks, while investors eyed a slate of economic data due
later in the week to gauge the pace of a post-pandemic rebound.
    * UK CORPORATE DIARY:       
 Network International Holdings            Half Year 2020 Earnings 
 Mears Group PLC                           Half Year 2020 Earnings
 Persimmon PLC                             Half Year 2020 Earnings
 Capita PLC                                Half Year 2020 Earnings 
 Kaz Minerals PLC                          Half Year 2020 Earnings 
 TBC Bank Group PLC                        Half Year 2020 Earnings 
 John Wood Group PLC                       Half Year 2020 Earnings 
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 (Reporting by Tanishaa Nadkar in Bengaluru)