UK Stocks-Factors to watch on May 21



May 21 (Reuters) - Futures for Britain's FTSE 100 index FFIc1 were 0.17% higher on Friday.

* BHP: BHP Group's BHP.AX new alcohol policy barring workers on mine sites in Western Australia from consuming alcohol after 9:30 p.m. impinges on workers' rights, a mine workers' union said.

* CONSUMER SENTIMENT: British consumers are their most upbeat since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, buoyed by growing optimism about the economy as lockdown restrictions are lifted, a survey showed.

* GOLD: Gold fell as optimism around a rebound in the U.S. economy lifted appeal for riskier assets.

* OIL: Oil prices nudged up, recovering from three days of losses as investors braced for the return of Iranian crude supplies after officials said Iran and world powers made progress on talks to revive a 2015 nuclear deal.

* The UK blue-chip index .FTSE closed 1% higher on Thursday from its worst daily performance in a week, while shares of Trainline TRNT.L slumped to the bottom of the mid-cap index as the U.K. reorganised its railway system.

* UK CORPORATE DIARY: CBRO.L Close Brothers Trading update

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Reporting by Priyanshi Mandhan in Bengaluru

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