UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 27



July 27 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 3 points lower on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers.

* RIO TINTO: Miner Rio Tinto RIO.L said on Monday it planned to cut production at its BC Works aluminium smelter in Kitimat, Canada to 35% following a strike initiated by the Canadian union Unifor after negotiation talks failed.

* GLENCORE: A former U.K.-based trader for Glencore Plc GLEN.L pleaded guilty on Monday over what U.S. prosecutors called his role in a scheme to bribe officials in Nigeria in exchange for favourable contracts from that country's state-owned oil company.

* ULTRA ELECTRONICS: The UK government is closely monitoring Cobham's takeover bid of British defence group Ultra Electronics ULE.L , a government spokesperson told Reuters.

* GOLD: Gold traded in a tight range, pinned below the $1,800 psychological level, as investors focused on this week's Federal Reserve meeting for clues about when the central bank might rein in its easy monetary policies.

* OIL: Oil prices were steady with investors betting tight supply and rising vaccination rates will help offset any impact on demand due to surging COVID-19 cases worldwide.

* London's FTSE 100 index ended flat on Monday as weakness in healthcare stocks and a stronger pound offset gains in commodity-linked shares.

* UK CORPORATE DIARY:

Reckitt

RKT.L

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FirstGroup

FGP.L

FY results International Personal Finance

IPF.L

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Virgin Money UK

VMUK.L

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Polymetal International

POLYP.L

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Croda International

CRDA.L

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Unite Group

UTG.L

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Robert Walters

RWA.L

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Vivo Energy

VVO.L

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Reporting by Shanima A in Bengaluru

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