July 31, 2020 / 5:18 AM / 7 days ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 31

    July 31 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 12
point higher at 6,002 on Friday, according to financial bookmakers.

    * FRC: Accounting firms continue to show too little independence when
checking the books of listed companies and should show more professional
scepticism when dealing with clients, Britain's audit watchdog said.

    * LOCKDOWN: UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said late on Thursday that the
COVID-19 lockdown in parts of Northern England will be tightened.
    * OIL: Oil prices recovered further ground, after touching three-week lows
in the previous session, responding to a record decline in U.S. growth.

    * GOLD: Gold rose en route to its best month in more than four years as the
dollar slid further after dismal U.S. data added to doubts about a swift
recovery from the pandemic-induced economic slump.
    * METAL: London copper prices were on course for a fourth consecutive
monthly gain, rising in early Asian trade on Friday as the dollar slipped to
two-year lows.
    * The UK blue-chip index ended 2.3% lower on broad-based losses on
Thursday. Gloomy quarterly results from banks and a clutch of other firms saw
the FTSE 100 post its worst session in five weeks.
    * UK CORPORATE DIARY:       
 International Consolidated                HY Results
 Airlines Group SA                         
 BT Group                                  Q1 Trading Statement
 British American Tobacco                  HY Results
 Intertek Group                            HY Results
 Paragon Banking Group                     Q3 Trading Statement
 Pets at Home Group                        Q1 Trading Statement
 London Stock Exchange Group               HY Results
 Natwest Group                             HY Results
 Glencore                                  HY Production Report
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on:
    > Financial Times                     
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 (Reporting by Tapanjana Rudra;
Editing by Vinay Dwivedi)
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