UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Oct 8
Oct 8 - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 13 points higher at 5,959 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.
* ASTRAZENECA: AstraZeneca AZN.L could start profiting from its COVID-19 vaccine as soon as July next year, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing a memo showing the British drugmaker can declare when it considers the pandemic to have ended. BRITISH AIRWAYS: British Airways will bid farewell to its final London-based Boeing (NYSE: BA ) 747s on Thursday with a rare synchronised dual take off for the "Queen of the Skies", the jet which brought long-haul flights to the masses. EASYJET: British airline easyJet Plc EZJ.L has signalled to the government that it may need further financial support if the coronavirus pandemic continues to hinder its schedule, Sky News reported on Wednesday. OIL: Oil prices inched up on Thursday as oil workers evacuated rigs in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico ahead of Hurricane Delta, though fuel demand concerns persisted on fading chances for a U.S. economic stimulus deal and a build in U.S. crude inventories. GOLD: Gold prices were little changed on Thursday as renewed hopes for more U.S. stimulus kept the bullion afloat, with investors eyeing the weekly jobless claims data to further gauge the health of the world's largest economy. The UK blue-chip index .FTSE closed down 0.06% on Wednesday, weighed down by a fall in energy stocks on lower oil prices, with investors looking for clues on U.S. stimulus measures after President Donald Trump called a halt to talks with Congress on a comprehensive bill. UK CORPORATE DIARY:
Imperial Brands Plc
Preclose trading statement Electrocomponents Plc
Trading statement Newriver REIT Plc
Operational Update CMC Markets Plc
Q2 preclose trading statement Easyjet Plc
Q4 trading statement Hargreaves Lansdown Plc HRGV.L
Trading statement Unite Group Plc
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