UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 14
April 14 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index .FTSE is seen opening higher on Thursday, with futures FFIc1 up 0.3%.
* SHELL-PETROBRAS: Brazil's Petrobras PETR4.SA said it received 5.26 billion reais ($1.12 billion) from Shell SHEL.L regarding the compensation on the latter's 25% stake in the Atapu oil block.
* CARETECH-SHEIKH HOLDINGS: The co-founders of social care services firm CareTech CTH.L raised their takeover proposal for the British company to 850 million pounds ($1.11 billion) and matched a rival bid, while tabling another offer for investors seeking alternatives.
* SHELL: Brazil granted 59 exploratory blocks of oil and natural gas to 13 companies, including Shell SHEL.L , TotalEnergies TTEF.PA and 3R Petroleum RRRP3.SA .
* METALS: Copper prices rose on expectations that top metals consumer China's COVID-19 battle will have minimal impact on demand, while zinc succumbed to profit-taking, although losses were limited amid persistent worries over tight supply.
* GOLD: Gold was flat but prices were set for a second consecutive weekly gain, as the Ukraine crisis and broadening inflationary pressures lifted the safe-haven metal's appeal.
* OIL: Oil prices fell, after rising sharply in the first half of the week, as traders weighed a larger-than-expected build in U.S. oil stocks against tightening global supply.
* FTSE 100: UK midcaps slipped on Wednesday after data showed annual inflation last month rose to a three-decade high, intensifying a cost-of-living squeeze faced by households and hit to the profits of supermarket companies like Tesco.
* UK CORPORATE DIARY:
Trading statement Hays
Q3 Trading update Dunelm
Q3 Trading update Ninety One Plc
Q4 AuM update
FY Trading update International
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Reporting by Amna Karimi in Bengaluru
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