February 26, 2019 / 6:02 AM / 8 months ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Feb 26

    Feb 26 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 45
points lower at 7,139, on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers.
    * LAURA ASHLEY: Investment firm Flacks Group said on Monday it was in the
preliminary stages of evaluating a possible deal to buy Laura Ashley Holdings
Plc, valuing the British fashion retailer at 20 million pounds ($26.16
    * ROLLS ROYCE: Britain's government on Monday said it had awarded Rolls
Royce a 235 million-pound ($307 million) contract to maintain nuclear
    * Gold: Palladium hit a record high on Tuesday, surging above $1,550 as a
threatened strike by South African mineworkers added to supply risk concerns in
an already tight market, while gold prices edged up on a subdued
    * OIL: Oil prices slipped on Tuesday, extending losses of more than 3
percent during the previous session, after U.S. President Donald Trump called on
OPEC to ease its efforts to boost the market.
    * The UK blue chip index closed 0.07 percent up at 7183.74 on Monday, as
banks got a boost from comments about a possible Brexit delay, while
housebuilders were hit by reports the government was worried about Persimmon's
handling of a state house-funding scheme.
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 (Reporting by Adil Bhat in Bengaluru)
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