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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Oct. 1

Oct 1 (Reuters) - Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening 25 points higher at 5,891 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.

* NATIONAL GRID: National Grid on Thursday pledged to cut its scope 3 emissions by 20% by 2030, which will see it reduce emissions relating to the gas and electricity it sells in markets such as the United States and Britain.

* ASTRAZENECA: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has broadened its investigation of a serious illness in AstraZeneca Plc’s COVID-19 vaccine study and will look at data from earlier trials of similar vaccines developed by the same scientists, three sources familiar with the details told Reuters.

* ROLLS-ROYCE: Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc will announce its plans to raise around 2 billion pounds ($2.58 billion) from investors on Thursday, in an effort to strengthen its balance sheet, the Financial Times reported.

* WOODFORD: The collapsed Woodford equity income fund has 288 million pounds in remaining assets, its authorised corporate director said on Wednesday.

* The UK blue-chip index closed 0.5% lower on Wednesday, after a bleak production forecast from Shell and losses in consumer stocks weighed on the index.

* For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on:

TODAY’S UK PAPERS

> Financial Times

> Other business headlines (Reporting by Samantha Machado in Bengaluru)

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