July 30, 2020 / 5:41 AM / 8 days ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 30

    July 30 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 15
points higher at 6,147 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.

    * STANDARD CHARTERED: Standard Chartered PLC posted a 33% fall in
its first-half profit, as the bank boosted its credit impairment charges by
six-fold as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn.
    * FINANCE: More small British companies that were in financial difficulty
before the COVID-19 pandemic will be able to access government-backed loans
following a relaxation of European Union state aid rules.
    * AUTOMOBILE: British car production fell by more than an annual 40% in the
first half of the year to the lowest level since 1954.
    * OIL: Oil prices were little changed, restrained by concerns that surging
coronavirus infections could jeopardize a recovery in fuel demand just as major
oil producers are set to raise output.
    * GOLD: Gold eased after the U.S. Federal Reserve's vow to support the
coronavirus-ravaged economy buoyed risk sentiment.
    * The UK blue-chip index FTSE 100 ended flat on Wednesday as
investors held out for more stimulus from the U.S. Congress and the Federal
Reserve, while GlaxoSmithKline, Barclays and Taylor Wimpey slid on weak
quarterly earnings.
    
    * UK CORPORATE DIARY:       
 Shell                                    Q2 Results
                                          
 Man Group                                HY Earnings Releases
 RSA Insurance Group                      HY Earnings Releases
 Rentokil Initial                         HY Earnings Releases
 Inchcape                                 HY Earnings Releases
 Greencoat UK Wind                        HY Earnings Releases
 Standard Chartered                       HY Earnings Releases
 AstraZeneca                              Q2 Earnings Releases
 BAE Systems                              HY Earnings Releases
 Anglo American                           HY Earnings Releases
 Compass Group                            Q3 Trading Statement 
 Lloyds Banking Group                     HY Earnings Releases
 3i Group                                 Q1 Trading Statement 
 Kaz Minerals                             Q2 Production Report
 EVRAZ                                    Q2 Trading Update
 Indivior                                 HY Earnings Releases
 
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 (Reporting by Tapanjana Rudra)
  
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