UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 30

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UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 30
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July 30 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 15 points higher at 6,147 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures FFIc1 up 0.3% ahead of cash markets open.

* SHELL: Royal Dutch Shell RDSA.L said its second-quarter writedowns include the OPL 245 licence for an offshore oilfield in Nigeria which it holds alongside Eni ENI.MI . ASTRAZENECA: AstraZeneca AZN.L topped second-quarter sales and profit expectations and stood by its 2020 forecasts. LLOYDS BANKING GROUP: Lloyds Banking Group LLOY.L swung to a rare pretax loss in the first half of 2020, after setting aside a bigger than expected 2.4 billion pounds second quarter provision. MAN GROUP: Man Group EMG.L recorded an 8% fall in assets in the first six months of 2020. ANGLO AMERICAN: Anglo American AAL.L said first-half profits fell 39%. BAE SYSTEMS: BAE Systems BAES.L warned its underlying earnings would be slightly lower in 2020. RENTOKIL: Rentokil Initial Plc RTO.L reported an 11% fall in adjusted pretax profit for the first half of this year. RSA: RSA RSA.L posted an above-forecast operating profit of 349 million pounds in the first half. ROBERT WALTERS': Robert Walters' RWA.L half-year profit fell nearly 80%. SCHRODERS: Schroders SDR.L posted a 10% fall in profit before tax and exceptional items in the first half of the year. INDIVIOR: Indivior INDV.L reported a 73% fall in its second-quarter profit. The UK blue-chip index .FTSE FTSE 100 ended flat on Wednesday as investors held out for more stimulus from the U.S. Congress and the Federal Reserve, while GlaxoSmithKline, Barclays (LON: BARC ) and Taylor Wimpey (LON: TW ) slid on weak quarterly earnings. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: LIVE/

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