August 30, 2017 / 5:25 AM / a year ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug 30

    Aug 30 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 26
points on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers.    

    * SKY: Rupert Murdoch has pulled his Fox News channel from the Sky platform
in Britain, where the government is assessing a bid by the media mogul to buy
the broader Sky pay-TV company for $15 billion.
    * SHIRE: Shire is weathering a period of a major change well, the
company said on Tuesday, as analysts at UBS cut their price target on the stock
in response to signs of falling staff satisfaction at the drugmaker.
    * BRITAIN PHARMA: The British government has rekindled its industrial
strategy, unveiled earlier this year to prepare the economy for Brexit, with
plans to boost the country's pharmaceuticals sector via fresh investments and
public-private collaborations.
    * OIL: Oil prices slid on Wednesday but gasoline spiked to their highest
since July 2015 as flooding and storm damage in the wake of Hurricane Harvey has
shut one-fifth of U.S. oil refineries, crimping demand for crude but raising
fears of a fuel shortage.
    * The UK blue chip index FTSE 100 closed down 0.9 percent at
7,337.43 points on Tuesday, as investors dumped risky assets after North Korea
fired a missile over Japan.
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets
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 (Reporting by Siju Varghese)
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