UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 13

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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 13
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April 13 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 10 points higher at 6,899 on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers.

* CONSUMERS: British high street retailers reported higher spending in March compared with both a year earlier and before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, ahead of a reopening of non-essential stores in April. COVID-19 VARIANT: A highly contagious variant of COVID-19 first identified in Britain does not cause more severe disease in hospitalised patients, according to a new study published in the medical journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases on Monday. GREENSILL: Britain's government has opened an independent investigation into failed finance company Greensill Capital after lobbying by former Prime Minister David Cameron raised questions over its access to ministers. HSBC: HSBC HSBA.L has banned customers of its online share-trading platform from buying or moving into their accounts MicroStrategy Inc MSTR.O stock, a message seen by Reuters showed, calling it a "virtual currency product". COPPER: Copper prices fell, as increasing inventories in global exchanges signalled a weaker-than-expected demand pickup in top consumer China in its traditionally strong season. GOLD: Gold prices were flat as market participants kept to the sidelines ahead of U.S. inflation data that is expected to shed more light on recovery in the world's largest economy. OIL: Oil prices climbed as data from China showed the world's second largest oil consumer's import growth surging and on tensions in the Middle East after the Yemen-based Houthi movement said it fired missiles on Saudi oil sites. London's FTSE 100 ended lower on Monday, as heavyweight mining stocks slipped amid a drop in metal prices and a stronger pound weighed on the export-heavy index. UK CORPORATE DIARY:

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