July 30, 2020 / 6:56 AM / 14 days ago

UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 30

(Adds futures, news items)

July 30 (Reuters) - Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening 15 points higher at 6,147 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures up 0.3% ahead of cash markets open.

* SHELL: Royal Dutch Shell said its second-quarter writedowns include the OPL 245 licence for an offshore oilfield in Nigeria which it holds alongside Eni.

* ASTRAZENECA: AstraZeneca topped second-quarter sales and profit expectations and stood by its 2020 forecasts.

* LLOYDS BANKING GROUP: Lloyds Banking Group swung to a rare pretax loss in the first half of 2020, after setting aside a bigger than expected 2.4 billion pounds second quarter provision.

* MAN GROUP: Man Group recorded an 8% fall in assets in the first six months of 2020.

* ANGLO AMERICAN: Anglo American said first-half profits fell 39%.

* BAE SYSTEMS: BAE Systems warned its underlying earnings would be slightly lower in 2020.

* RENTOKIL: Rentokil Initial Plc reported an 11% fall in adjusted pretax profit for the first half of this year.

* RSA: RSA posted an above-forecast operating profit of 349 million pounds in the first half.

* ROBERT WALTERS’: Robert Walters’ half-year profit fell nearly 80%.

* SCHRODERS: Schroders posted a 10% fall in profit before tax and exceptional items in the first half of the year.

* INDIVIOR: Indivior reported a 73% fall in its second-quarter profit.

* The UK blue-chip index FTSE 100 ended flat on Wednesday as investors held out for more stimulus from the U.S. Congress and the Federal Reserve, while GlaxoSmithKline, Barclays and Taylor Wimpey slid on weak quarterly earnings.

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

TODAY’S UK PAPERS

> Financial Times

> Other business headlines (Reporting by Tapanjana Rudra)

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