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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Nov 16

    Nov 16 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 44
points higher at 6,361 on Monday, according to financial bookmakers.

    * BREXIT: There has to be a breakthrough this week on a post-Brexit trade
agreement, British and Irish ministers said on Sunday, as London's top
negotiator went back into talks saying progress had been made in recent
days.
    * BP: Working on an oil rig operated by BP Plc nearly 190 miles (305
km) offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, the company is programming Spot to read
gauges, look for corrosion, map out the facility and even sniff out methane on
its Mad Dog rig.
    * GREGGS: British baker Greggs will cut 820 shop staff jobs as it
expects trading to remain below normal for the foreseeable future due to the
COVID-19 pandemic, a company spokeswoman confirmed on Friday.
    * NAKED WINES: Online wine seller Naked Wines said on Friday its
website is up and running after being down for about an hour due to a surge in
early Christmas shopping that led to unprecedented online demand amid the second
lockdown.
    * JD SPORTS: Britain's Competition and Market Authority (CMA) said on Friday
it may appeal a tribunal's judgement which found the regulator did not gather
enough information about the impact of the coronavirus when assessing JD Sports'
 takeover of smaller rival Footasylum.
    * GOLD: Gold prices touched a one-week high propped up by a weaker dollar,
while mounting U.S. coronavirus cases escalated concerns of the pandemic's
impact on economic recovery underpinning hopes of further monetary
stimulus.
    * OIL: Oil prices climbed, recouping some losses from the previous session
as hopes that OPEC+ will hold current output curbs offset concerns about weaker
fuel demand due to rising COVID-19 cases and higher production from
Libya.
    * The UK blue-chip index closed 0.4% lower on Friday on concerns
over rising COVID-19 infections and as a stronger pound pressured exporters,
although the index still logged its best weekly gain since April on hopes of an
effective vaccine.
    
    * UK CORPORATE DIARY:      
 Vodafone Group Plc                      HY earnings
 Diploma Plc                             FY earnings
 

    
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 (Reporting by Priyanshi  Mandhan)
  
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