UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Dec 13
Dec 13 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening higher on Monday with futures FFIc1 up 0.29%.
* ANGLO AMERICAN: Australian rail freight operator Aurizon Holdings Ltd AZJ.AX will team up with global mining firm Anglo American Plc AAL.L to explore potential development of hydrogen-powered trains for bulk freight using the miner's hydrogen fuel cell technology.
* BHP GROUP: Australian billionaire Andrew Forrest's Wyloo Metals raised its offer for Canadian nickel producer Noront Resources Ltd NOT.V shortly after failing to come to an agreement to support a rival bid by BHP Group BHP.AX .
* COVID-19: Britain faces a "tidal wave" of the Omicron variant of coronavirus and two vaccine doses will not be enough to contain it, Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned, as he accelerated the booster rollout programme.
* GENEL ENERGY: Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said on Sunday that it would vigorously defend itself against any claim for compensation from Genel Energy GENL.L over the government's termination in August of gas production sharing contracts (PSC).
* TAYLOR WIMPEY: Activist investor Elliott called for Britain's Taylor Wimpey TW.L to replace its departing chief executive Pete Redfern with an external candidate, saying there had been "missteps" at the FTSE 100 company over the years.
* GOLD: Gold inched higher as elevated U.S. consumer prices lifted its appeal as an inflation hedge, while investors awaited a flurry of central bank meetings this week, including by the U.S. Federal Reserve, for further direction.
* METALS: London copper prices, often used as a gauge of global economic health, edged higher as investor appetite for riskier assets remained strong with expectations of a faster policy tightening by the U.S. Federal Reserve mostly priced in.
* OIL: Oil prices rose, extending gains from last Friday, helped by growing optimism that the Omicron coronavirus variant's impact will be limited on global economic growth and fuel demand.
* UK's FTSE 100 and mid caps indexes slipped for a third straight session on Friday after data pointed to stalling economic growth in Britain, even before the emergence of the Omicron coronavirus variant, but ended their second week in the black.
* UK CORPORATE DIARY: Antofagasta
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(Reporting By Amna Karimi in Bengaluru)
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