UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Jan. 14

Jan 14 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 21 points higher at 6,767 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.

* Standard Chartered: Standard Chartered Plc's STAN.L investment banking head Simon Cooper has emerged as the internal contender to replace CEO Bill Winters, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday.

* RIO TINTO: Rio Tinto RIO.AX said it had reached an agreement with Meridian Energy MEL.NZ to allow its aluminium smelter in New Zealand to continue operations until December 2024.

* HOUSE PRICES: A boom in Britain's housing market has started to fade, dampened by new COVID-19 lockdowns and the coming expiry of a temporary tax cut for buyers, a survey showed.

* BANKS: The Bank of England said it would do more to quantify potential losses from its 895 billion-pound bond purchase programme, so the government and public are clear how much money is at stake.

* SUPERMARKETS: Britain will trigger safeguard measures in a divorce deal with the European Union if there are "serious problems" in supplying supermarkets in Northern Ireland, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.

* GOLD: Gold prices inched lower as U.S. Treasury yields and the dollar rebounded, while investors awaited details on incoming U.S. President Joe Biden's coronavirus stimulus proposal.

* OIL: Oil prices eased as mounting coronavirus cases globally raised demand concerns.

* The UK blue-chip index .FTSE closed 0.1% lower on Wednesday as rising coronavirus cases and fresh lockdowns imposed across Europe raised caution about the near-term effects on the economy.


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Reporting by Priyanshi Mandhan in Bengaluru

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