UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 11

July 11 (Reuters) – Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening 2
points higher on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers.

* ANTOFAGASTA: Workers at the Zaldivar copper mine in Chile, owned by
Antofagasta and Barrick Gold Corp, voted to approve a strike
on Monday after talks with the company failed, a union leader told
* WAITROSE/SAINSBURY’S: British supermarket Waitrose said it is extending
its commitment to using the Fairtrade logo on its teas, days after rival
Sainsbury’s faced criticism from shareholders for piloting a different
* BRITAIN-EU/BANKS: Optimism about the business environment among Britain’s
financial services firms declined in the second quarter of this year, according
to a survey published on Tuesday..
* OIL: Oil prices edged up early on Tuesday, lifted in part by a strong
demand outlook for the coming weeks, but overall market conditions remain weak
on the back of ample supplies and a more subdued outlook for long-term
* GOLD: Gold edged lower early Tuesday on a firmer dollar after touching
near four-month lows in the previous session as the market waits for cues from
the central bank on the path of U.S. interest rate hikes.
* COPPER: Copper held largely steady in Asia on Tuesday amid modest support
from investors after losing ground overnight on fresh signs of
* The UK blue chip index closed up 0.3 percent at 7,370.03 points on Monday,
as a rise among financials and commodities stocks lent support, though a plunge
in Carillion’s shares after a profit warning weighed on mid-caps.
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(Reporting by Harish Bhaskar)