July 30, 2018 / 5:32 AM / a year ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 30

    July 30 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 41
points lower at 7,660 points on Monday, according to financial bookmakers.    
    * BABCOCK: British engineering company Babcock International said
its expectations for underlying revenue and earnings were unchanged after it
missed out on an armoured vehicle maintenance contract, adding that a Sunday
Times article on the deal was "misleading".
    * GVC HOLDINGS: British betting group GVC Holdings Plc, which owns
the Coral, Ladbrokes and Sportingbet brands, said it was in advanced talks about
a joint venture with U.S. hotel and casino operator MGM Resorts. 

    * STANDARD CHARTERED: Standard Chartered has agreed to a further
extension of its U.S. deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) until the end of
December this year, it said on Friday.
    * GOLD: Gold prices were little changed in early trade on Monday, with major
currencies including the dollar in a holding pattern ahead of key central bank
meetings and U.S. data this week.
    * OIL: Oil prices were mixed on Monday with U.S. benchmark WTI nudging
higher after four weeks of declines, while Brent began the week lower as the
fallout from trade tensions weighed on markets.
    * The UK blue chip index closed up 0.5 percent at 7,701.31 points on Friday 
and posted its third week of gains as shares in consumer giant Reckitt Benckiser
jumped after results and an easing of trade tensions soothed the broader market.

    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets
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 (Reporting by Shashwat Awasthi in Bengaluru)
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