UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug 3

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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug 3
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Aug 3 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 6 points lower at 7405.2 on Thursday, according to financial spreadbetters.

* BOE: The Bank of England looks set to keep interest rates at a record low once again on Thursday with investors looking for signs that, faced with Brexit, it is getting nearer to raising rates for the first time in a decade. COPPER: Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange CMCU3 was mostly flat at round $6,354.50 a tonne. GOLD/DEMAND: Global demand for gold fell 14 percent in the first half of this year due mainly to a sharp decline in purchases by exchange traded funds, the World Gold Council said in a report on Thursday. OIL: Oil dipped on Thursday as a rally that has pushed up prices by almost 10 percent since early last week lost momentum despite renewed signs of a gradually tightening U.S. market. Brent crude futures LCOc1 , the international benchmark for oil prices, were trading down 20 cents, or 0.4 percent, at $52.16 per barrel at 0506 GMT. EX-DIVS: Unilever ULVR.L , RELX REL.L and Micro Focus MCRO.L will go ex-dividend on Thursday, after which investors will no longer qualify for the latest dividend payout. According to Reuters calculations at current market prices, the effect of the resulting adjustment to prices by market-makers would take 2.35 points off the index. Britain's major share index slipped on Wednesday as basic resources and financial stocks weighed on another full day of earnings with Standard Chartered (LON: STAN ) and Rio Tinto (LON: RIO ) among the large companies reporting disappointing results. The FTSE 100 .FTSE dipped 0.3 percent after two robust sessions of gains, dragged down by heavyweight miners Rio Tinto and Glencore (LON: GLEN ), with financials the biggest sector weight.

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