UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Dec 9



Dec 9 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening higher on Thursday with futures FFIc1 up 0.16%.

* ASTRAZENECA: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the use of AstraZeneca's AZN.L antibody cocktail to prevent COVID-19 infections in individuals with weak immune systems or a history of severe side effects from coronavirus vaccines.

* COVID-19: Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposed tougher COVID-19 restrictions in England, ordering people to work from home, wear masks in public places and use vaccine passes to slow the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant.

* SEVERN TRENT: Water company Severn Trent SVT.L has been fined 1.5 million pounds ($2 million) for illegal sewage discharges, Britain's Environment Agency said, after the country launched a major investigation into sewage treatment in November.

* GOLD: Gold prices were flat, as the U.S. dollar and Treasury yields firmed ahead of key inflation data that could provide clues on the Federal Reserve's next policy move.

* METALS: London copper prices slipped as the dollar ticked higher, while signs of easing tightness in nearby supplies of the metal also weighed on the market.

* OIL: Oil prices extended gains on confidence that the Omicron coronavirus variant would not dent global growth, even as some governments stepped up curbs to stop its rapid spread.

* UK's main stock indexes ended flat on Wednesday after hitting session lows as positive headlines on COVID-19 vaccines helped offset concerns about Britain implementing tougher coronavirus measures as early as Thursday.

* UK CORPORATE DIARY: On The Beach

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(Reporting By Amna Karimi in Bengaluru)

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