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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Sept 20
Published at 20/09/2019 at 06:37

Sept 20 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 30 points lower at 7,327 on Friday, according to financial bookmakers.

* SHELL: Pakistan has approved the construction of five liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals by groups that include Exxon Mobil Corp and Royal Dutch Shell , aiming to triple imports and ease the country's chronic gas shortage, Pakistan's oil minister said on Friday.

* BAE Systems has been awarded a $495 million U.S. defense contract for receiver/processors and high band receivers in support of the ALR-56C Digital Upgrade, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

* OIL: Oil prices were on track for a more-than-7% jump this week, their biggest in months, as early trading on Friday saw gains extended on fresh tensions in the Middle East after a key Saudi Arabian supply hub was knocked out in an attack last weekend.

* GOLD: Gold prices edged higher on Friday and were set for their first weekly gain in one month, supported by a softer dollar and caution about developments in Sino-U.S. trade talks.

* The UK blue chip index ended 0.6% higher on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve adopted a guarded stance on future interest rate cuts lifted London's blue-chip index on Thursday, while clothing retailer Next wilted after a disappointing start to autumn trading.

* UK CORPORATE DIARY:

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(Reporting by Tanishaa Nadkar in Bengaluru)

((tanishaa.nadkar@thomsonreuters.com; Within UK +44 20 7542 1810; Outside UK +91 80 6749 1691;))