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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on May 14



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May 14 (Reuters) -Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening higher on Tuesday, with futures FFIc1 up 0.01%.


* ANGLO AMERICAN: Anglo AmericanAAL.L laid out astrategy update that includes exploring options for its steelmaking coal, nickel and platinum businesses, in an effort to fend off a takeover bid from the world's largest miner BHP GroupBHP.AX.

* VODAFONE: VodafoneVOD.L met market forecasts by reporting a 2.2% increase in organic earnings for the year to end-March after excluding the Spanish and Italian operations that it has agreed to sell.

* GREGGS: Baker and fast food retailerGreggs GRG.L said its expectations for the full year were unchanged as it reported underlying sales growth of 7.4% for the first 19 weeks of 2024.

* MARSTON'S: Pub operatorMarston's MARS.L posted a smaller first-half loss from a year-ago period and forecasts an encouraging second half.

* CURRYS: Electricals retailerCurrys CURY.L raised its annual profit forecast by around 10%.

* VIRGIN MONEY: British bank Virgin Money UKVMUK.L saidexpects costs to increase in the second-half of the year due to inflation and higher investments, adding that its profitability would also be hurt by growing competition and lower interest rates.

* PAY: British wages excluding bonuses - in the sights of the Bank of England as it considers when to cut interest rates - grew by a stronger-than-expected 6.0% in the first three months of 2024 compared with the same period a year earlier, data showed.

* ANGLO AMERICAN: BHP Group BHP.AX is likely to sweeten its $43 billion takeover offer for Anglo American for a second time and possibly add cash, investors in both companies said, after the London-headquartered target rejected a higher bid.


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Reporting by Prerna Bedi in Bengaluru

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