UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Nov 6

    Nov 6 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 21 points
lower at 5,885 on Friday, according to financial bookmakers.

    * SAINSBURY: British supermarket Sainsbury's said it could have to
cut its range of offering in Northern Ireland unless it gets clarity on the
province's trading status after the end of Britain's Brexit transition period on
Dec. 31.
    * RSA: RSA is in talks with a consortium of Canadian insurer Intact
Financial and Danish insurer Tryg about a possible break-up
deal that values the British firm at about 7.2 billion pounds ($9.46
    * ASTRAZENECA: AstraZeneca Plc plans to start early and mid-stage
clinical trials of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate in China this year, a senior
executive said, as it prepares a global rollout of the vaccine.
    * BRITISH AIRWAYS: British Airways, part of the International Consolidated
Airlines Group will reduce its flight schedule this month after the UK
government put further restrictions on leisure travel to try to curb the spread
of coronavirus.
    * GOLD: Gold fell after surging in the previous session, as the dollar
gained, but was set for its best week since late July on hopes for more central
bank economic support as investors bet on a divided U.S. Congress under a Biden
    * OIL: U.S. oil fell nearly 2% as new lockdowns in Europe to contain the
spread of the coronavirus disease raised questions about the outlook for crude
demand, while markets remained on edge over the drawn-out vote counting in the
U.S. election.
    * The UK blue-chip index closed 0.4% higher on Thursday after the
government and Bank of England both ramped up stimulus programmes to cushion the
struggling economy as England goes into a second national lockdown.
    * UK CORPORATE DIARY:       
 Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Plc                HY earnings
 Morgan Advanced Materials Plc                         Q3 trading statement
 Beazley Plc                                           Q3 earnings

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 (Reporting by Priyanshi  Mandhan)