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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 16


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UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 16


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July 16 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 1 pointhigher at 7,533 on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures FFIc1 down 0.17% ahead of the cash market open.

* HAYS: Recruiter Hays PlcHAYS.L saw no growth in net fees in the fourthquarter as weak hiring in Australia, New Zealand and Britain offset strongperformance in its biggest market Germany. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N24H1GZ

* EXPERIAN: ExperianEXPN.L , the world's biggest credit data company,reported a 4% rise in revenue, benefiting from higher business acrossautomotive, health, business credit and decision analytics segments in NorthAmerica, its largest market. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N24H1EM

* A.G.BARR: Irn-Bru maker A.G.BarrBAG.L said it expected profit to fall20% this year compared to last, citing disappointing spring and early summerweather and trading challenges in its Rockstar energy and Rubicon juice drink. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N24H1FQ

* HASTINGS: Insurer Hastings GroupHSTG.L said half-yearly underlying lossratio would be at the top end of its target range, as the proposed change inBritain's discount rate used to calculate compensation for personal injuries wasexpected to hurt. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N24H1FI

* RYANAIR: Europe's largest budget carrier RyanairRYA.I has cut itsforecast for growth in traveller numbers next summer to 3% from a previous 7%,saying it was providing for the possibility of further delays in deliveries ofBoeing 737 MAX planes. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N24H1F0

* BURBERRY: British luxury brand Burberry BRBY.L reported a stronger thanexpected 4% rise in first-quarter comparable store sales, lifted by new designsfrom creative chief Riccardo Tisci. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nASP0014FU

* CRH: Irish cement maker CRH CRH.LCRH.I said it has agreed to sellits European distribution arm to private equity funds managed by BlackstoneGroup Inc BX.N for an enterprise value of about 1.64 billion euros ($1.85billion). urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N24H1EZ

* PEARSON: Pearson PSON.L , the world's biggest education company, willrelease all its titles for the United States college market in digital formfirst, in a break from the traditional and more expensive textbook publishingmodel. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N24G3Y7

* RIO TINTO: Rio Tinto RIO.AX flagged a cost blowout of up to $1.9 billionand a delay of up to 30 months at its Oyu Tolgoi underground copper mine inMongolia, the miner's key growth project. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N24G40E

* GOLD: Gold prices held steady as investors awaited U.S. retail sales datathat could serve as an indicator of the strength of the world's largest economyamid lingering concerns over global economic slowdown. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N24H0HF

* OIL: Oil prices sank about 1% on Monday on signs that the impact of atropical storm on U.S. Gulf Coast production and refining would be short-lived,while Chinese economic data dimmed the crude demand outlook. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N24G0AP

* The UK blue chip index closed 0.3% higher on Monday, ending its longestlosing streak in three-and-a-half years as Chinese data eased investor concernsover a global growth slowdown. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N24G1NA

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TODAY'S UK PAPERS

> Financial TimesPRESS/FT

> Other business headlines PRESS/GB (Reporting by Samantha Machado And Adil Bhat in Bengaluru; Editing by ArunKoyyur) ((Samantha.machado@thomsonreuters.com; Within UK +44 20 7542 1810; Outside UK+918067499956; Reuters Messaging: Samantha.machado@thomsonreuters.com))






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