UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Oct 20

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening flat on Thursday with futures FFIc1 up 0.03%.

* ASTON MARTIN: Zhejiang Geely Holding Chairman Li Shufu is considering raising the company's stake in luxury carmaker Aston Martin AML.L to up to 10%, Bloomberg News reported.

* MINERS: BHP BHP.AX and Antofagasta Minerals said that a mining royalty bill in Chile would affect competitiveness and encourage miners to reevaluate investments.

* STRIKE: British Railway workers union RMT said it would take strike action against 14 train operating companies in early November.

* CAPRICORN ENERGY: Irenic Capital Management, a hedge fund that owns a 1.5% stake in Capricorn Energy CNE.L , asked the natural gas producer to abandon its sale to Israel's NewMed Energy LP NWMDp.TA .

* GOLD: Gold prices fell further, after declining more than 1% in the previous session, dragged by strengthening in the U.S. dollar and Treasury yields amid continued jitters over sharp rate hikes by the Federal Reserve.

* OIL: Oil prices were mixed as investors balanced caution over tightening supply against concerns that a global slowdown could curb demand.

* UK stock indexes closed lower on Wednesday after data showed consumer prices returned to a 40-year high in September, while banking stocks were hit by reports of windfall taxes.


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Reporting by Prerna Bedi in Bengaluru

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