UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug 12



Aug 12 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening flat with futures .FFIc1 up 0.1% on Friday.

* FLUTTER: Flutter FLTRF.I posted a 20% fall in first-half earnings but expects to finish the year ahead of 2021 excluding an expected final year of losses in its fast growing U.S. business.

* 888 HOLDINGS: 888 Holdings Plc 888.L reported a fall in its interim profit, hurt by tightened UK online gambling safety measures and the cost-of-living crisis.

* GOV: Britain said it had shortlisted 20 projects for the next stage of a key technology in its transition to net zero, which involves capturing and storing carbon emissions from industrial processes.

* SHELL: Shell SHEL.L said on Thursday it halted production at three U.S. Gulf of Mexico deepwater platforms after a leak shut two pipelines connecting the platforms, adding it expected pipeline service to resume on Friday.

* GSK/SANOFI/HALEON: - Shares in GSK GSK.L , Sanofi SASY.PA and Haleon HLN.L fell sharply on Thursday, following declines earlier this week, amid growing investor concerns about U.S. litigation focused on a heartburn drug that contained a probable carcinogen.

* NATIONAL GRID: Britain's National Grid on Thursday cancelled a notice made earlier in the day, which said it expected Britain's electricity supply margin to be below a threshold needed to balance the country's energy system.

* OIL: Oil prices dropped in Asia trade amid an uncertain demand outlook, though benchmark contracts were headed for weekly gains as recession fears eased.

* GOLD: Gold prices steadied and were on track for their fourth consecutive weekly gain, as broader weakness in the dollar countered pressure from an uptick in the Treasury yields and prospects of U.S. interest rate hikes.

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Reporting by Anchal Rana and Prerna Bedi in Bengaluru

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