UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 31

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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 31
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July 31 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 6

points at 7,695 points on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers.

* STANDARD CHARTERED: Standard Chartered (LON: STAN ) Plc on Tuesday reported a

34 percent rise in its pretax profit for the six months to June, as the

Asia-focused bank continued to grow its revenue after years of restructuring.

* VEDANTA: Billionaire Anil Agarwal has been given more time to make a firm

offer or walk away from a deal to buy out minority shareholders in Vedanta

Resources for 778 million pounds ($1 billion), the London-listed miner

said on Monday.

* LLOYD'S BANKING: A group of British lawmakers on Monday wrote to the

financial watchdog and the board of Lloyds Banking Group (LON: LLOY ) accusing the

bank of "victim blaming" and "unfairness" in its redress scheme for victims of a

fraud at its HBOS Reading division.

* TESCO: Former Tesco (LON: TSCO ) finance director Carl Rogberg will not stand

trial with two of his former colleagues in September, Britain's Serious Fraud

Office said on Monday.

* PETROFAC: British oilfield services provider Petrofac (LON: PFC ) Ltd said on

Monday it had agreed to sell 49 percent of its operations in Mexico to Perenco

(Oil & Gas) International Ltd, as it prepares to scale back oil and gas

* JOHN LAING INFRASTRUCTURE FUND: Investors owning around 10 percent of John

Laing Infrastructure Fund think a possible cash buyout offer valuing

the company at 1.41 billion pounds ($1.85 billion) is too low, according to a

source familiar with the matter.

* CLARKSON: British shipping services provider Clarkson Plc said on

Monday an unauthorized third party accessed some of its computer systems in the

United Kingdom last year.

* GOLD: Gold prices traded sideways in a narrow range on Tuesday, with

investors in a wait-and-see mode ahead of the outcome of central bank monetary

policy meetings.

* OIL: Oil prices fell on Tuesday, with Brent futures set for their biggest

monthly loss in two years, on oversupply concerns after a report showed OPEC's

output in July rose to its highest for 2018.

* The UK blue chip index closed flat in percentage terms at 7,700.85 points

on Monday, as a jump in Vodafone (LON: VOD ) and GVC's shares outweighed a broader decline

among commodities-related sectors.

* For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets


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(Reporting by Shashwat Awasthi in Bengaluru)

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