UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug. 9

August 9 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening lower on Monday, with futures FFIc1 down 0.2%

* ASTRAZENECA: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday certain lots of AstraZeneca AZN.L 's COVID-19 vaccine manufactured at a problem-plagued Baltimore facility are fit to be shipped outside the United States.

* ODEY ASSET MANAGEMENT: UK-based hedge fund Odey Asset Management has sold its stakes in airline firms Ryanair RYA.I and International Consolidated Airlines Group SA ICAG.L , the Mail on Sunday reported.

* MORRISONS: British supermarket Morrisons has agreed an improved takeover offer worth 6.7 billion pounds from a consortium led by Fortress Investment Group, but wants a rival private equity suitor to be given more time to make a counter bid.

* VIRGIN ATLANTIC: Virgin Atlantic Airways is planning to list on the London Stock Exchange, Sky News reported on Saturday.

* BOOHOO: British online fashion retailer Boohoo said on Friday it would give customers the opportunity to look behind the scenes of its UK suppliers' factories.

* GOLD: Gold fell as much as 4.4% to a more than four-month low as robust U.S. jobs data stoked concerns of a sooner-than-expected interest rate hike, which could increase the opportunity cost of holding non-interest bearing bullion.

* OIL: Oil prices dropped 2%, extending last week's steep losses on the back of a rising U.S. dollar and concerns that new pandemic curbs in Asia, especially China, may set back the global recovery in fuel demand.

* London's mid-cap FTSE 250 fell on Friday as mining stocks took a hit from a slide in gold prices.


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Reporting by Shanima A in Bengaluru

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