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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Nov. 30



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Nov 30 (Reuters) -Britain's FTSE 100 index .FTSE is expected to open higher on Thursday, with futures FFIc1 up 0.09%.

* CAR PRODUCTION: British vehicle makers are expected to produce about a million cars this year, well above an earlier forecast, following a recent round of investments in the sector, an industry body said on Thursday.

* BUSINESS CONFIDENCE:British businesses were their most optimistic in almost two years in November, boosted by growing hopes about the economy, according to a Lloyds Bank survey that reflected expectations among firms that interest rates have peaked.

* METAL: London copper prices rose on Thursday as slowing manufacturing activities in China raised hopes for more stimulus from the government and amid supply concerns from Panama.

* GOLD: Gold prices consolidated in a tight range on Thursday, hovering close to a near seven-month high, as investors awaited a key inflation print to gauge whether interest rate cuts in the U.S. would come sooner than previously expected.

* OIL: Oil prices fell in early Asian trade on Thursday on weaker-than-expected Chinese manufacturing data, but investors maintained caution ahead of an OPEC+ meeting where production cuts are expected.

* FTSE 100: Britain's FTSE 100 slipped for the third straight day on Wednesday following hawkish comments from Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey, while insurance heavyweights Aviva and Prudential fell after bearish brokerage comments.


* UK CORPORATE DIARY:

ATG.L

Auction Technology

FY Results

DOCS.L

Dr Martens

HY Results


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TODAY'S UK PAPERS
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Reporting by Hani Kollathodi

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