UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Dec 27

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Dec 27 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 futures .FFIc1 were up 0.98 percentahead of the cash market open on Thursday.

* EARTHPORT: Visa IncV.N is buying Earthport PlcEPO.L , which providescross-border payment services to banks and businesses, for 198 million pounds($250.6 million) in cash, a unit of the U.S.-based payments network said onThursday.

* RIO TINTO: Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto RIO.L , RIO.AX is preparingto take its Iron Ore Company of Canada business public in the first half of 2019by dual-listing it in New York and Toronto, people familiar with the situationtold Reuters.

* GOLD: Gold rose on Thursday as global growth worries and volatility instock markets boosted demand for the safe-haven metal, but gains were capped bya sharp rebound in equities.

* OIL: Oil fell on Thursday after soaring 8 percent in the previous session,as worries over a glut in crude supply and concerns over a faltering globaleconomy pressured prices even as a stock market surge offered support.

* The UK blue chip index closed down 0.5 percent on Monday as world stocksfell on reports that U.S. President Donald Trump privately discussed firing thehead of the Federal Reserve and a partial U.S. government shutdown.

* For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets


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