UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Jan 20



Jan 20 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening higher on Thursday, with futures FFIc1 up 0.39%.

* UNILEVER-GSK: Unilever ULVR.L said on Wednesday it would not increase its 50 billion pound ($68.2 billion) offer for GSK's GSK.L consumer business.

* UNILEVER: A group of investors in Unilever said they had filed a fresh resolution urging the company to fix a "crucial blind spot" in its strategy and set ambitious targets to sell healthier foods.

* SHELL: Royal Dutch Shell RDSa.L said on Wednesday it plans to carry out major maintenance work at its Pernis oil refinery in the Netherlands in the coming five months.

* INFLATION: Inflation in Britain rose faster than expected to its highest in nearly 30 years in December, intensifying a squeeze on living standards and putting pressure on the Bank of England to raise interest rates again.

* OIL: Oil steadied clawing back losses earlier in the session, as strong demand and short-term supply disruptions continue to support prices close to their highest levels since late 2014.

* METALS: Nickel prices in China hit a record high supported by dwindling supplies amid strong demand from stainless steel and electric vehicle battery sectors.

* GOLD: Gold prices steadied near a two-month high hit in the previous session, with higher U.S. Treasury yields preventing any gains amid caution building around developments at the U.S. Federal Reserve's meeting due next week.

* London's FTSE 100 ended higher on Wednesday, aided by gains in miners and consumer staples, with strong profit forecasts from luxury brand Burberry and education group Pearson providing a further fillip to sentiment. * UK CORPORATE DIARY:

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Reporting by Sinchita Mitra in Bengaluru

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