UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug 3
August 3 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening lower on Tuesday, with futures FFIc1 down 0.1%.
* BP: BP BP.L said it will increase its dividend by 4% and ramp up share buybacks after second-quarter profit rose to $2.8 billion on the back of higher oil and gas prices, beating expectations.
* TRAVIS PERKINS: Travis Perkins TPK.L , Britain's biggest seller of building materials, raised its 2021 earnings outlook, driven by strong performance in its merchanting business.
* HISCOX: Insurer Hiscox HSX.L swung to a first-half profit, boosted by an improvement in rates across its businesses after pandemic-linked claims pushed it into the red last year.
* TP ICAP: British broker TP ICAP Group TCAPI.L said its revenue for the first half of 2021 fell 5% from a year earlier, pushed lower by quieter markets and a strengthening pound.
* GREGGS: British bakery and fast food chain Greggs GRG.L returned to a first half profit after a strong recovery in sales in the wake of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
* STANDARD CHARTERED: Standard Chartered STAN.L posted a higher than expected 57% jump in first-half pretax profit and announced a $250 million share buyback.
* FINANCIAL FIRMS: Financial firms including British insurer Prudential, lenders Citi and HSBC and BlackRock Real Assets are devising plans to speed the closure of Asia's coal-fired power plants in order to lower the biggest source of carbon emissions, five people with knowledge of the initiative said.
* SMITHS GROUP: British engineering and technology company Smiths Group SMIN.L said on Monday it will sell its medical unit for $2.3 billion including debt to U.S. private equity firm TA Associates.
* OIL: Crude oil prices reversed course after an early bounce, as concerns over coronavirus curbs combined with slowing factory activity in key markets weighed on sentiment.
* GOLD: Gold prices inched lower as investors avoided taking big positions ahead of key U.S. non-farm payroll data due later this week.
* London's FTSE 100 ended higher on Monday, led by gains in mining stocks, while a slew of mergers and acquisitions activity helped push mid-cap stocks to record peaks.
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Reporting by Shanima A in Bengaluru
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