UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Sept. 11

    Sept 11 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 17
points lower at 5,986 on Friday, according to financial bookmakers.
    * RIO TINTO: Rio Tinto parted ways with its CEO and two senior
executives on Friday, bowing to mounting shareholder criticism of the
destruction of two significant Aboriginal rockshelters and the global miner's
limited initial response.
    * UNILEVER: Unilever, has agreed to pull all its TRESemmé
haircare products from South African retail stores for 10 days as a show of
remorse for a "racist" ad, the consumer group said in a joint statement with an
opposition political party.
    * ASTRAZENECA: AstraZeneca's pause of an experimental vaccine for
the coronavirus after the illness of a participant is a "wake-up call" but
should not discourage researchers, the World Health Organization's (WHO) chief
scientist said on Thursday.
    * GOLD: Gold prices fell on Friday as the U.S. dollar rebounded, but the
yellow metal was on track for a weekly gain underpinned by worries over a global
economic recovery from the coronavirus-led slump.
    * OIL: Oil prices fell for a second day on Friday, pressured by a surprise
rise in U.S. stockpiles as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to erode demand for
    * The UK blue-chip index shed 0.2% on Thursday, as disagreements
over Brexit terms between Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government and the
European Union sowed concern about a messy British departure.
    * UK CORPORATE DIARY:       
 Hurricane Energy Plc                HY results
 Ashmore Group Plc                   FY results
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 (Reporting by Samantha Machado in Bengaluru)