Aug 19 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 12 points higher at 6,089 on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers. * LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE: The London Stock Exchange (LSE) has set deadlines for this week and mid-September for indicative bids for all or parts of Borsa Italiana to help win European Union approval for its $27 billion takeover of data company Refinitiv, sources said on Tuesday. * GOLD: Gold prices edged higher on Wednesday, holding above the key $2,000 per ounce pivot, supported by a sagging dollar, while investors awaited minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve's last policy meeting later in the day. * OIL: Oil prices eased on Wednesday on concerns that U.S. fuel demand may not recover as quickly as expected amid stalled talks on an economic stimulus package, overshadowing a bigger-than-expected drawdown in U.S. crude stocks. * METALS: Copper prices rose on Wednesday, with the London contract hitting a more than two-year high, underpinned by falling output and a weaker U.S. dollar. * The UK blue-chip index was down 1% on Tuesday as lower oil prices and lacklustre earnings reports from miner BHP and outsourcer Capita sparked a round of profit-taking, while housebuilder Persimmon jumped after reinstating its dividend. * UK CORPORATE DIARY: Hochschild Mining Half Year 2020 Earnings * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: TODAY'S UK PAPERS > Financial Times > Other business headlines (Reporting by Tanishaa Nadkar in Bengaluru)
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