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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Oct 26

    Oct 26 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 32
points lower at 5,828 on Monday, according to financial bookmakers.

    * ASTRAZENECA: AstraZeneca Plc has resumed the U.S. trial of its
experimental COVID-19 vaccine after approval by regulators, and Johnson &
Johnson is preparing to resume its trial on Monday or Tuesday, the
companies said on Friday.
    * RIO TINTO: Global miner Rio Tinto is seeking court approval to
sell its partner's share of diamonds from a mine in Canada's Northwest
Territories, a filing this week showed, hoping to recover around C$120 million
plus legal fees and other costs.
    * COCA COLA EUROPEAN PARTNERS: Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd said Coca-Cola
European Partners offered to buy the Australian bottler for A$9.23
billion ($6.58 billion), in what would be the country's biggest deal this year.

    * UK REGULATORS: UK regulators are considering plans to allow banks to start
paying dividends again next year, The Times newspaper reported on Monday.

    * GOLD: Gold prices fell to an over one-week low, as the dollar firmed and
talks about the new U.S. coronavirus aid package showed no signs of progress.

    * OIL: Oil extended last week's losses, falling nearly 2% as a surge in
COVID-19 infections in the United States and Europe prompted concern over crude
demand, while the prospect of increased supply also hit sentiment.
    * The UK blue-chip index closed 1.3% higher on Friday, boosted by
upbeat Barclays' earnings and rising hopes of a Brexit trade deal before year
end, but the blue-chip FTSE 100 still logged its second weekly decline on
concerns over fresh coronavirus restrictions.
    
    * UK CORPORATE DIARY:       
 Kin and Carta Plc                FY earnings
 PZ Cussons Plc                   Trading statement
 RPS Group Plc                    Q3 trading statement
 
    
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on:
    
    TODAY'S UK PAPERS
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 (Reporting by Priyanshi  Mandhan)
  
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