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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 16

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July 16 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 20 points lower at 6,273 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.

* OIL COMPANIES: A group of the world's top oil companies including Saudi Aramco, China's CNPC and Exxon Mobil have for the first time set targets to cut their combined greenhouse gas emission.

* CAR INSURANCE: The cost of a comprehensive motor insurance policy in Britain fell 5% in the second quarter.

* BREXIT TRADE: Britain publishes plans to keep trade flowing freely between its constituent nations when regulatory powers are reclaimed from the European Union.

* CARNIVAL: Carnival Corp is planning to raise about $1.26 billion in a bond offering, the beleaguered cruise operator said on Wednesday.

* FISCAL POLICY: Britain may need to run tighter fiscal policy than it has in the past during good economic times due to an apparent increase in the frequency of 'once in a generation' economic shocks, finance minister Rishi Sunak said.

* OIL: Oil prices slid after OPEC and allies such as Russia agreed to ease record supply curbs from August.

* GOLD: Gold prices held steady near a nine-year peak, as concerns over rising coronavirus cases and simmering U.S.-China tensions offset some silver linings from Chinese economic data.

* The UK blue-chip index ended up 1.8% on Wednesday, as signs of progress in developing a COVID-19 vaccine bolstered hopes of a swift post-pandemic economic rebound.

* UK CORPORATE DIARY:

Anglo American

Q2 production report Mirada PLC

FY Earnings Releases Hays PLC

Q4 Trading statement Experian

Q1 update GVC

Trading update SSE

Q1 trading statement

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[PRESS/GB] (Reporting by Tapanjana Rudra) ((Tapanjana.Rudra@thomsonreuters.com;)) Keywords: BRITAIN STOCKS/FACTORS

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