UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Jan 13
Jan 13 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening lower, with futures FFIc1 down 0.1% on Thursday.
* ASTRAZENECA: AstraZeneca AZN.L said on Wednesday the U.S. government has agreed to purchase an additional 500,000 doses of its antibody cocktail, Evusheld, used to prevent COVID-19.
* FINANCE: Britain's financial services grew for the third quarter in a row in the last three months of 2021 and at their fastest pace since mid-2017, even though COVID-19 dampened optimism, a survey showed.
* JOBS: British job vacancies grew at the slowest pace in eight months in December, according to a survey of recruiters, but overall labour market conditions remained tight as many employers struggled to find staff.
* BRITAIN: British foreign minister Liz Truss will seek to inject momentum into talks with the European Union to resolve post-Brexit disputes over trading rules, hosting EU commissioner Maros Sefcovic.
* OIL: Oil prices slipped, trimming big gains from the previous two sessions, amid uncertainty over near-term demand as cases of the highly contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus surge around the globe.
* GOLD: Gold prices held near a one-week high hit in the previous session, as the U.S. dollar and Treasury yields retreated after inflation data came in line with expectations and reiterated the need for a quicker interest rate hike.
* London's FTSE 100 ended higher on Wednesday, led by mining and oil giants following a global rally in risk assets, while a slew of positive earnings updates including a forecast lift from supermarket group Sainsbury's also aided the mood.
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Reporting by Muhammed Husain in Bengaluru
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