UK Stocks-Factors to watch on August 16



August 16 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening flat on Tuesday with futures .FFIc1 up 0.33%.

* AUTHENTIC BRANDS/TED BAKER: Juicy Couture and Forever 21 owner Authentic Brands AUTH.N will buy Ted Baker TED.L in a deal worth roughly 211 million pounds ($254.26 million).

* BHP: BHP Group Ltd BHP.AX reported bumper profits on the back of gains in prices of coal and other commodities, and declined to rule out a second approach in its spurned $6 billion bid for OZ Minerals OZL.AX .

* LABOUR MARKET: Britain's super-hot labour market showed more signs of cooling, official data published on Tuesday showed.

* DARKTRACE: Darktrace Plc DARK.L said on Monday it was in the early talks with tech investment firm Thoma Bravo about a possible cash offer.

* HEATHROW: London's Heathrow Airport said on Monday it will extend the cap on flight departures to Oct. 29.

* COVID: UK medicines regulator MHRA on Monday gave conditional approval for use Moderna's MRNA.O so-called bivalent vaccine as a booster for adults.

* STRIKE: More than 500 dockworkers at the Port of Liverpool have voted in favour of strike action over pay and working conditions, the Unite trade union said on Monday.

* OIL: Oil prices fell as bleak economic data from top crude buyer China renewed fears of a global recession.

* GOLD: Gold prices steadied on Tuesday as a dip in U.S. bond yields countered pressure from a firmer dollar and concerns over further rate hikes by the Federal Reserve.

* METALS: Copper prices rose on Tuesday although gains were limited on weak China data.

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Reporting by Prerna Bedi and Anchal Rana in Bengaluru

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