UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 12

July 12 (Reuters) – Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening 21
points higher on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers.

* GLENCORE: A federal court in Argentina has ordered the suspension of
activities at Glencore Plc’s Alumbrera gold and copper mine as part of
a pollution complaint, according to court documents seen by Reuters on Tuesday.

* AMEC FOSTER: British oil and gas services company Amec Foster Wheeler
and individuals associated with the business are under investigation by
the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the company said on Tuesday.
* HSBC HOLDINGS/UBS Group: HSBC Holdings Plc and UBS Group AG
have each agreed to pay $14 million to settle private U.S. litigation
accusing them of rigging an interest rate benchmark used in the $483 trillion
derivatives market.
* OIL: Oil prices on Wednesday extended gains from the previous day as the
U.S. government cut its crude production outlook for next year and as fuel
inventories plunged.
* GOLD: Gold prices edged further away from a four-month low on Wednesday,
as investors awaited testimony from U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and
central bank officials expressed caution about further interest rate hikes.

* COPPER: Copper prices climbed in Asia to their highest in more than one
week on Wednesday amid a weaker U.S. dollar and concerns about industrial action
that could further crimp mine supply.
* The UK blue chip index closed down 0.6 percent at 7,329.76 points on
Tuesday, as Pearson and Marks & Spencer overshadowed gains in miners.

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(Reporting by Harish Bhaskar)