UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Dec. 20

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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Dec. 20
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Dec 20 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening flat at 7,574 on Friday, according to financial bookmakers.

* NMC HEALTH: NMC Health Plc NMC.L said on Thursday that a report by U.S. short-selling firm Muddy Waters earlier this week criticising the healthcare group's financial statements was "false and mis-leading". 3I INFRASTRUCTURE: 3i (LON: III ) Infrastructure 3IN.L is selling its 93% stake in Wireless Infrastructure Group (WIG) to Brookfield Infrastructure, two weeks after divesting its British projects portfolio. JUST EAT: TKWY.AS was poised to win the battle for British food delivery company Just Eat JE.L after it trumped a raised offer from rival Prosus NV PRX.AS , which put it within reach of a 50% threshold needed to clinch the deal. OIL: Oil prices held steady near three-month highs on Friday, heading for a third consecutive weekly rise, on the back of easing Sino-U.S. trade tensions that have weighed on demand as well as the global economic growth outlook. GOLD: Gold prices inched lower on Friday in range-bound trade, pressured by increased risk appetite on hopes of an interim Sino-U.S. deal being signed soon, while investors awaited U.S. GDP data release for fresh cues. The UK blue-chip index closed up 0.4% on Thursday, partly in response to a weaker pound, which came under pressure from fears Britain may leave the European Union without a trade deal at the end of 2020. UK CORPORATE DIARY:

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