UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 23
April 23 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 27 points lower at 6,911 points on Friday, according to financial bookmakers.
* ANGLO AMERICAN: Anglo American (JO: AMSJ ) Plc AAL.L has not kept workers fully informed of plans to restart a coal mine in Queensland nearly a year after a blast injured five people, a union official said, but the company called the comments unfounded. CONSUMER SENTIMENT: British consumer sentiment rose to its highest since the start of the COVID pandemic this month as the economy reopened partially, a closely watched survey showed, but the increase was smaller than economists had expected. ASTRAZENECA: Australia's Minister for Trade has urged AstraZeneca AZN.L to dispatch 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Papua New Guinea amid concerns about the spread of the virus there, saying the EU had pledged no hindrance to the exports. ASTRAZENECA: Britain's medicines regulator on Thursday said there had been 168 major blood clots following a dose of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, a rate of 7.9 clots per million doses, a jump in incidence from the previous week's figure. ASTRAZENECA: The European Commission said on Wednesday no decision had yet been taken on whether to launch legal action against AstraZeneca, after Ireland's health minister said the case had been initiated.
* PEARSON: Education group Pearson Plc PSON.L said on Thursday Chairman Sidney Taurel intends to retire and step down from the board no later than next year's annual general meeting.
* FIRSTGROUP: British transport operator FirstGroup Plc FGP.L will announce on Friday the sale of its U.S.-based businesses FirstStudent and FirstTransit to funds managed by EQT Infrastructure for about $4.5 billion, Sky News editor Mark Kleinman said in a tweet. BOE: The Bank of England published details of communications between former prime minister David Cameron and officials at the central bank relating to failed finance firm Greensill Capital which Cameron served as an adviser. REGULATOR: Britain's financial regulator said on Thursday it will rethink how consumers should be protected after a surge in online scams since people were forced to work from home due to COVID-19 restrictions. OIL: Oil prices rose on hopes of a fuel demand recovery in the United States and Europe as economic growth picks up and lockdowns ease, but worries about India's raging second wave of COVID-19 cases kept a lid on gains. COPPER: Copper prices were on track for their third straight week of gains, as a weaker dollar made greenback-priced metals cheaper and more appealing to holders of other currencies. Britain's FTSE 100 ended higher on Thursday on higher retail stocks as last week saw a jump in footfalls and a weaker pound, while mid-caps rose to their best day in two weeks led by gains in construction company Morgan Sindall. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: LIVE/
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