UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Nov 18

Nov 18 (Reuters) – Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening 2 points
higher at 7,305 on Monday, according to financial bookmakers.

* SHELL: A crude oil spill onto a barge docked at Royal Dutch Shell’s
oil refinery at Puget Sound, Washington, late on Friday was contained
on Saturday, the company said in a statement.
* ROLLS-ROYCE: Air New Zealand Ltd said on Monday about 14,000
customers would be affected by cancellations this summer because of ongoing
Rolls-Royce engine checks on its Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

* RIO TINTO: Australia’s Alderan Resources said on Monday that its
unit had partnered with Kennecott Exploration Company, a member company of the
Rio Tinto Group, to help fund the Alderan’s Frisco Project in Utah,
United States.
* SAVANNAH PETROLEUM: Savannah Petroleum has concluded its purchase
of Nigerian oil and gas company Seven Energy International, it said in a
statement on Friday.
* GOLD: Gold prices eased on Monday as optimism grew about U.S.-China trade
ties following a report of “constructive talks” over the weekend, while losses
were capped by a softer dollar.
* OIL: Oil prices were little changed on Monday following steady gains in
the previous week with investors awaiting fresh clues over prospects for a trade
deal between the United States and China, shrugging off concerns over steadily
rising oil supplies.
* The UK blue chip index closed 0.1% higher and the mid-cap outperformed its
European counterparts on Friday after the Brexit Party lent further clarity
ahead of the Dec. 12 election, while hopes that a U.S.-China may be imminent
helped the FTSE 100 eke out gains.

* UK CORPORATE DIARY:
Diploma Full-year results

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(Reporting by Tanishaa Nadkar in Bengaluru)

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