UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Feb 2
Feb 2 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 57 points higher at 7,524.5 on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers.
* SHELL: Shell SHEL.L said on Tuesday it was re-routing oil supplies to other depots following a cyberattack on two subsidiaries of German logistics firm Marquard & Bahls this week.
* GSK: GlaxoSmithKline GSK.L announced a settlement worth $1.25 billion between its ViiV Healthcare and Gilead Sciences Inc GILD.O on Tuesday in relation to patent violations by Gilead's Biktarvy, a medicine to treat human immunodeficiency virus.
* ECONOMY: British shoppers were hit by the biggest increase in prices charged by major retailers in more than nine years in January, according to a survey that added to signs of accelerating inflation momentum.
* METALS: Copper ticked up as the dollar remained restrained after recently tumbling from a 19-month peak, but the absence of Chinese onshore traders due to the week-long Lunar New Year holiday kept Asian trading range-bound and volumes thin.
* OIL: Oil prices climbed toward last week's seven-year highs as a draw in U.S. crude stocks confirmed strong demand and a lack of supply, but investors remained cautious ahead of an OPEC+ meeting later in the day.
* GOLD: Gold was steady above the $1,800 psychological level as concerns surrounding Ukraine supported the safe-haven metal, while investors awaited U.S. jobs data that is considered key for the Federal Reserve's tapering timeline.
* Mining and bank stocks supported London's FTSE 100 on Tuesday as metal prices and bond yields rose ahead of a widely anticipated Bank of England meeting later in the week.
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Reporting by Sinchita Mitra in Bengaluru
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