UK Stocks-Factors to watch on June 30

June 30 (Reuters) – Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 15
points at 7,335 on Friday, according to financial bookmakers.

* AMEC FOSTER/JOHN WOOD: Oil services company Amec Foster Wheeler Plc
, which is being bought by peer John Wood Group Plc, said on
Thursday it had decided to retain its European nuclear unit and sell its North
American business.
* WPP: WPP, the world’s biggest advertising agency, said on Thursday
that some of its operations continued to be affected by a ransomware attack that
went around the world earlier in the week, but that services were gradually
being restored.
* HURRICANE ENERGY: Hurricane Energy plans to raise $520 million for
test drilling at its Lancaster oilfield in the North Sea, a major milestone for
the project that could breathe new life into the ageing offshore
* OIL: Crude oil futures on Friday were on track for their biggest weekly
gain since mid-May, ending five weeks of losses with prices underpinned by a
decline in U.S. output.
* GOLD: Gold held steady on Friday, supported by a plunging dollar and
declining stocks but hawkish comments from major central banks suggesting a
shift toward tighter monetary policies kept the bullion shy of major
* COPPER: London copper was steady near the key level of $6,000 a tonne on
Friday and looked set to rack up a 7-percent gain in the first half of the year,
with prices supported by a weaker dollar and brighter factory growth
* The UK blue chip index ended 0.5 percent lower on Thursday, caught up in a
broad slide driven by concerns over central banks potentially tightening policy.

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(Reporting by Harish Bhaskar)