September 13, 2017 / 5:47 AM / in a year

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Sept 13

    Sept 13 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 7
points lower on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers.
    * ROYAL DUTCH SHELL: Royal Dutch Shell is seeking to withdraw from
Iraq's Majnoon oilfield and the oil ministry has started preparations to
finalise its exit, according to an oil ministry letter and oil
    * SABRE-IPO: British motor insurer Sabre is planning an initial public
offering (IPO) that could value it at 600 million pounds ($800 million) after
failing to find a buyer, sources with knowledge of the matter said.
    * PETROPAVLOVSK: Shares in Russia-focused gold miner Petropavlovsk
fell on Tuesday after the company reported a rise in first-half profit as
analysts said it was too soon to tell what difference changes at the top would
    * LONMIN: The South African mines ministry has told platinum miner Lonmin
 that it failed to meet some of its social and labour obligations, the
producer said on Tuesday, but added it did not think its operating licence was
in jeopardy.
    * GOLD: Gold prices held steady on Wednesday as the dollar remained firm,
with safe-haven demand for the metal buoyed after U.S. President Donald Trump's
latest comments on tensions over North Korea.
    * COPPER: London copper prices on Wednesday clawed back some of their
overnight losses as selling by funds trailed off, while Shanghai contracts for
the metal edged lower.
    * OIL: Oil prices were mixed on Wednesday, dampened by reports of rising
U.S. crude stockpiles but retaining some of the gains made in the previous
session after OPEC said it expected higher demand for its crude next
    * The UK blue chip index ended the session 0.2 percent lower at 7,400.69
points on Tuesday, after stronger-than-expected inflation figures for August
sent the pound GBP=EBS to a one-year high against the dollar, weighing on mostly
foreign-earning blue-chips.
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets
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 (Reporting by Harish Bhaskar)
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