UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Dec 7


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    Dec 7 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100  .FTSE  index is seen to open 11 points 
higher at 7,358.6 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.  
    * ROLLS-ROYCE: Air New Zealand Ltd  AIR.NZ  on Thursday said it would cancel 
and delay some international flights over the coming weeks because engines on 
its Boeing Co BA.N 787-9 jets manufactured by Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC  RR.L  
required early maintenance.*:nL3N1O70WF 
    * ROYAL MAIL: Britain's Royal Mail  RMG.L  said on Wednesday its mediated 
talks with the Communications Workers Union (CWU) to end a row over plans to 
replace the firm's defined benefit pension scheme were advancing.*:nL3N1O64T0 
    * UNILEVER: Italy's antitrust agency said on Wednesday it had fined 
Unilever's  ULVR.L ,  UNc.AS  Italian unit more than 60 million euros ($70.7 
million) for abuse of its dominant position in the country's ice cream market.*:nR1N1LZ01Z 
    * OIL: Oil prices inched higher on Thursday after a data report showed a 
decrease in U.S. crude inventories, but rising gasoline stocks and crude 
production weighed on the market.*:nL3N1O707E 
    * GOLD: Gold prices edged lower early on Thursday, hovering close to a 
two-month low hit earlier this week, amid a steady dollar.*:nL3N1O7081 
    * COPPER: London copper edged up on Thursday but was still not far two-month 
lows amid signs that growth in China's property and power sectors, both major 
copper consumers, is tapering into the year end.*:nL3N1O71JJ 
    * BRITAIN-EU: The Irish and British Prime Minister agreed to speak again 
over the coming days after Irish premier Leo Varadkar reiterated his firm 
position on the Irish border in a call with Theresa May on Wednesday, his 
spokesman said.*:nS8N1LG07M 
    * EX-DIVS: Babcock  BAB.L , Mediclinic  MDCM.L , Next  NXT.L  will trade 
without entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming 0.46 
points off the FTSE 100 according to Reuters calculations*:nL8N1O42WX  
    * The UK blue chip index rose 0.5 percent to 7,364.05 points on Wednesday, 
as Brexit negotiations dented the pound, while Costa owner Whitbread got a late 
boost when activist investor Sachem Head declared a stake in the company.*:nL8N1O64DT 
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets 
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