UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 17

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    July 17 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100  .FTSE  index is seen opening 13 
points higher on Monday, according to financial bookmakers. 
     
    * ASTRAZENECA: Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca  AZN.L  said on 
Friday its chief executive, Pascal Soriot, would host a results call with 
reporters on July 27, after refusing to comment on speculation this week that he 
was leaving the firm. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N1K51D3 
    * ITV: British broadcaster ITV  ITV.L  is closing in on naming easyJet's 
 EZJ.L  Carolyn McCall as new chief executive, the Guardian reported on 
Saturday. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N1K601S 
    * UNILEVER: Anglo-Dutch conglomerate Unilever  ULVR.L  is vying with U.S. 
canned meat producer Hormel Foods Corp  HRL.N  to buy the foods division of 
British consumer goods maker Reckitt Benckiser  RB.L , the Sunday Times 
newspaper reported, citing sources. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL3N1K601B 
    * BREXIT:  Senior members of the government are becoming convinced of the 
need for a phased British departure from the European Union to help protect the 
economy, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Sunday. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N1K707Q 
    * COPPER: London copper edged up to its highest in two weeks on Monday, 
supported by a weaker dollar and an upbeat second quarter for China's economy 
which brightened demand prospects for metals. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL3N1K81DA 
    * OIL: Oil prices strengthened on Monday, supported by a slowdown in the 
growth of rigs looking for crude in the United States and because of strong 
refinery demand from China. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL3N1K81MW  
    * The UK blue chip index FTSE 100  .FTSE  fell 0.5 percent on Friday, 
cutting its weekly gain from a global rally after U.S. Fed officials hinted 
monetary policy tightening would go ahead at a slower pace. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N1K53LX 
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets 
     
    * UK CORPORATE DIARY: 
 Minoan Group PLC     MIN.L     Half Year 2017 Earnings Release 
 Katoro Gold PLC      KATK.L    Half Year 2017 Earnings Release 
 Ashley House PLC     ASH.L     Full Year 2017 Earnings Release 
 Conviviality PLC     CVRC.L    Full Year 2017 Earnings Release 
 Kromek Group PLC     KMK.L     Full Year 2017 Earnings Release 
 Mirada PLC           MIRA.L    Full Year 2017 Earnings Release 
         
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Keywords: BRITAIN STOCKS/FACTORS 
     

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