UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 19
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April 19 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 2 points lower at 7,018 on Monday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures FFIc1 down 0.04% ahead of the cash market open.
* MELROSE : Melrose Industries MRON.L said it has agreed to sell its Nortek Air Management business for about 2.62 billion pounds to Chicago-based Madison Industries. EQUINITI: Private equity firm Siris Capital confirmed it has submitted a non-binding proposal to buy British outsourcing firm Equiniti Group EQN.L for 170 pence per share in cash. DARKTRACE: British cyber-security firm Darktrace said its planned $4 billion premium listing on the London Stock Exchange would take place in early May. JOHNSON MATTHEY: Russian metals producer Nornickel GMKN.MM said that it signed a long-term agreement to supply nickel and cobalt for the production of battery materials by Johnson Matthey JMAT.L in Finland. CLIMATE CHANGE: A group of investors managing $11 trillion in assets has called on banks to set tougher emissions targets ahead of a meeting of world leaders aimed at accelerating efforts to fight climate change. HOUSEPRICES: Advertised prices for homes in Britain hit a record high after finance minister Rishi Sunak stoked the market again by extending a tax cut for home-buyers last month, property website Rightmove said on Monday. COVID-19 STUDY: British scientists on Monday launched a trial which will deliberately expose participants who have already had COVID-19 to the coronavirus again to examine immune responses and see if people get reinfected. REVOLUT: Digital banking app Revolut is on track for a new fundraising that will value the company at more than $10 billion, Sky News reported on Saturday. GOLD: Gold prices rose, hovering near a seven-week peak hit in the previous session, as a softer dollar and a retreat in U.S. Treasury yields lifted demand for the safe-haven metal. OIL: Oil prices were lower as rising coronavirus infections in India and other countries prompted concerns that stronger measures to contain the pandemic will hit economic activity. London's FTSE 100 ended above the 7,000 mark on Friday for the first time since the pandemic pummelled risk assets last year and gained for the second consecutive week as falling coronavirus infections lifted optimism about a stronger economic recovery. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: LIVE/
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