UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Jan 19



Jan 19 - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening lower with futures FFIc1 down 0.61% on Wednesday.

* BHP GROUP: BHP Group BHPB.L BHP.AX reported a 5% rise in iron ore production for the second quarter, driven by strong performance at its Jimblebar mine and ramped up production at South Flank in Western Australia

* HSBC: British lender HSBC HSBA.L said on Tuesday it had appointed Natalie Blyth as Global Head of Commercial Banking Sustainability, as part of the company's efforts to help corporate clients transition to a low-carbon economy.

* TOGETHER ENERGY RETAIL: British energy market regulator Ofgem said on Tuesday that Together Energy Retail has ceased to trade, the latest power supplier to be driven into financial difficulty by a surge in wholesale gas and electricity prices.

* OIL: Oil prices rose for a fourth day to a seven-year high as an outage on a pipeline from Iraq to Turkey increased concerns about an already tight supply outlook amid worrisome geopolitical troubles in Russia and the United Arab Emirates.

* METALS: Copper prices in London inched higher, supported by expectations of further policy easing in top metals consumer China, although gains were capped by a firmer U.S. dollar.

* GOLD: Gold prices fell towards previous session's one-week low as the prospect of aggressive rate hikes by the U.S. Federal Reserve sent benchmark Treasury yields to two-year highs, reducing the appeal of non-yielding bullion.

* London's FTSE 100 ended lower on Tuesday weighed down by shares of consumer companies and industrial stocks, while improving employment conditions in the UK and rising U.S. Treasury yields signalled growing bets of tighter monetary policies.

* UK CORPORATE DIARY:

ANTOFAGASTA

ANTO.L

TRADING UPDATE CREST NICHOLSON

CRST.L

FY RESULTS GALLIFORD TRY

GFRD.L

TRADING UPDATE DIPLOMA

DPLM.L

TRADING UPDATE J D WETHERSPOON

JDW.L

TRADING UPDATE CENTAMIN

CEY.L

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Reporting by Sinchita Mitra in Bengaluru

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