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UK STOCKS-Factors to watch on Sept 15
Published at 15/09/2021 at 06:37

Sept 15 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening steady on Wednesday, with futures marginally up 0.04%.

* COVID-19 BOOSTERS: Britain will begin a COVID-19 vaccine booster programme for older and more vulnerable people soon as Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government relies on vaccines rather than further lockdowns to navigate a "bumpy" winter.

* BROADCASTER: Channel 4, Britain's publicly owned but commercially funded broadcaster, will be able to access more money to compete with streaming giants Amazon and Netflix under private ownership, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden will say on Wednesday.

* FINANCE MINISTER: British finance minister Rishi Sunak said on Tuesday he wanted to make it more attractive for companies to list in Britain, at a time when private equity firms have sought to take some well-known names private.

* VALNEVA COVID VACCINE: Britain cancelled its contract for about 100 mln doses of a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by France's Valneva in part because it was clear it would not be approved for use in the country, UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid said on Tuesday.

* GOLD: Gold held above the key psychological level of $1,800 on Wednesday, after a tamer-than-expected rise in U.S. inflation led to uncertainty on when the U.S. central bank would begin tapering its asset purchases.

* OIL: Oil prices climbed after industry data showed a larger than expected drawdown in crude oil stocks in the United States, and on expectations that demand will recover as vaccine roll-outs widen.

* London's FTSE 100 ended lower on Tuesday, dragged down by heavyweight metals and banking stocks, while JD Sports Fashion jumped to the top of the index after reporting strong earnings.

* UK CORPORATE DIARY:

Redrow FY results

Pendragon HY results

FeverTree Drinks HY results

Restaurant Group HY results

Tullow Oil HY results

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(Reporting By Geetha Panchaksharam)

((geetha.panchaksharam@thomsonreuters.com))