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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Sept 23
Published at 23/09/2021 at 06:43

Sept 23 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 19 points higher on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.

* HSBC Holdings PLC expects the debt problems involving embattled property developer China Evergrande Group

to have an impact on capital markets but does not see any direct impact on the bank, its group CEO said.

* BLUEBELL CAPITAL: Activist investor Bluebell Capital Partners has taken a stake worth about 10 million euros in British pharmaceuticals group GlaxoSmithKline in efforts to shake up top management, a Financial Times report said on Wednesday.

* UK MINISTERS: The lorry driver crisis will not be resolved in time to prevent disruption at Christmas, UK government officials conceded, The Telegraph reported on Wednesday.

* REGULATORS: Regulators will monitor how Britain's furlough scheme ends this month for signs of distress among consumers, the Financial Conduct Authority said on Wednesday.

* GOLD: Gold prices dipped as the dollar strengthened after the U.S. Federal Reserve signalled a withdrawal of its asset purchases by next year and a sooner-than-expected interest rate hike, dimming the appeal of the non-yielding bullion.

* OIL: Oil prices rose, extending strong gains overnight with fuel demand growing and crude stocks declining as production remains hampered in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico after two hurricanes.

* London's FTSE 100 recorded its best day in two months on Wednesday, extending gains aided by heavyweight commodity-linked and bank stocks, while investors awaited key central bank meetings for clues on a timeline for tapering policy stimulus.

* UK CORPORATE DIARY:

CVS Group FY results

Harbour Energy HY results

Investec Trading update

Playtech HY results

Safestyle UK HY results

Supermarket Income REIT FY results

DFS Furniture FY results

Royal Mail Trading update

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(Reporting By Geetha Panchaksharam)

((geetha.panchaksharam@thomsonreuters.com))