UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on June 18


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    June 18 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100  .FTSE  index is seen opening 12
points higher at 7,369 on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers, with
futures  FFIc1  up 0.07% ahead of the cash market open.
    * ASHTEAD: Equipment rental company Ashtead Group Plc  AHT.L  on Tuesday
said full-year profit rose 17%, as its U.S. Sunbelt business benefited from
higher demand for industrial gear.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N23P1EG
    * TELECOM PLUS: Multi-utility supplier Telecom Plus Plc  TEP.L  reported
higher annual profit on Tuesday as more customers continued to chose its
services despite a price cap put in place by Britain's energy regulator.
    * GOLD: Gold prices edged higher on Tuesday as the dollar pulled back from
multi-week highs ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve's two-day monetary policy
meeting.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N23P0HZ
    * OIL: Oil prices were falling for a second day on Tuesday, after more signs
that global economic growth is being hit by U.S.-China trade tensions, although
losses were limited amid tensions in the Middle East after tanker attacks last
week.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N23P0LR
    * The UK blue chip index closed 0.2% higher on Monday as rises in banking
shares outweighed the impact of a profit alert from Germany's Lufthansa on
airlines, while UK contractor Kier Group skidded to an all-time low.
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