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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Nov 4

    Nov 4 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 46 points
higher at 5,833 on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers.

    * BP: British oil major BP is close to selling its central London
headquarters for about 250 million pounds  ($325.28 million)as the coronavirus
pandemic has forced the company to cut costs, the Financial Times
reported.
    * UK REGULATOR: The British government is in talks with U.S. data analytics
company Palantir Technologies Inc in an attempt to strengthen its
test-and-trace program for COVID-19, the Financial Times reported.
    * GOLD: Gold fell as the dollar strengthened after U.S. President Donald
Trump grabbed an early lead in the key state of Florida, muddying the path for
his Democratic rival Joe Biden.
    * OIL: Oil rose around 2% after industry data showed crude inventories in
the United States fell sharply, but trading was choppy as the outcome of the
U.S. presidential election remained unclear.
    * The UK blue-chip index closed 2.3% higher on Tuesday, getting a
boost from banks on rising bets of more stimulus measures to soften the economic
blow from a new wave of coronavirus infections.
    
    * UK CORPORATE DIARY:       
 Marks and Spencer Group Plc            HY results
 Provident Financial Plc                Q3 trading statement
    
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on:
    
    TODAY'S UK PAPERS
    > Financial Times                     
    > Other business headlines            


($1 = 0.7686 pounds)

 (Reporting by Priyanshi Mandhan)
  
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