UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 25

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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 25
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July 25 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening up 7 points on Monday, according to financial bookmakers.

* The UK blue chip index closed up 0.5 percent at 6,730.48 points on Friday on hopes of further action from the country's central bank following poor UK economic data, with companies such as Vodafone VOD.L and CRH CRH.L gaining on positive updates. RANDGOLD: Randgold Resources ' RRS.L Tongon mine in Ivory Coast will have a slightly lower gold output this year than previously expected mainly owing to an erratic power supply, Chief Executive Mark Bristow told reporters late on Saturday. BP: Algeria's Tiguentourine gas plant is ready to come fully back online for the first time since a deadly militant attack in 2013, General Manager Kamel Aoues said on Saturday. ANGLO AMERICAN: Workers at Anglo American 's AAL.L small El Soldado copper mine in Chile called off a strike on Friday after reaching an agreement with the company, a union official told Reuters. DE BEERS: Anglo American Plc's De Beers has put its Snap Lake diamond mine in Canada up for sale after suspending operations at the unprofitable mine last December, a spokesman said on Friday. 888/RANK GROUP/WILLIAM HILL: Online gambling group 888 Holdings 888.L and casino operator Rank Group RNK.L are joining forces with a view to making a bid for William Hill WMH.L , the British bookmaker that fired its chief executive on Thursday for losing ground online to rivals. AVIVA: Aviva (LON: AV ) Investors aims to steer clear of costly fire sales from its frozen property fund and will decide when to reopen for business once it has more concrete market data, the asset manager's CEO told Reuters. LLOYDS BANKING GROUP: Lloyds Banking Group LLOY.L , is facing questions from investors about any plans to step up its cost-cutting measures following the Brexit vote, as it is more closely linked to the UK economy than rivals with international operations. SERCO: Serco 's SRP.L CEO Rupert Soames says: "We need five years to prepare a post-Brexit trade plan". BREXIT: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Friday he expects the UK to retain the right for its financial firms to sell services across European Union member states after Britain's exit from the bloc. UK RETAIL: Retail tycoon Philip Green's greed and disregard for corporate governance led to the demise of BHS and the loss of 11,000 jobs, a joint parliamentary committee said, calling the collapse of the British stores group "the unacceptable face of capitalism." UK PROPERTY: Interest among Chinese buyers in buying UK property has surged since Britain voted to leave the European Union last month, as the pound's slide has created opportunities to buy at a discount, real estate website said on Monday. COPPER: Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange CMCU3 edged up by 0.2 percent to $4,932 a tonne by 0158 GMT, paring 1.1 percent losses from the previous session. UK INSURANCE: A British financial watchdog opened the way to another possible round of costly compensation claims on Friday, saying it had found evidence that insurance agents had falsified documents, faked signatures and saddled people with products that would never pay out. For more on European factors, click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets


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