UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Dec. 16

Dec 16 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening higher on Thursday, with futures FFIc1 up 0.85%.

* SCHRODERS: British fund manager SDR.L is in advanced talks to buy a 75% stake for about 360 million pounds ($475.52 million) in Greencoat Capital, which manages solar, wind and other renewables funds, Sky News reported.

* BHP GROUP: Australia's competition regulator approved Woodside Petroleum's WPL.AX agreed $28 billion merger with BHP Group's BHP.AX petroleum arm, saying it would not reduce competition in the domestic gas market.

* HOCHSCHILD: Hochschild Mining HOCM.L is on a collision course with Peruvian communities near its key Inmaculada gold and silver mine, after local residents said on Wednesday the national government had told them it is feasible to legally shut down the mine, even as the firm says it plans to continue operations.

* TESCO: Tesco TSCO.L said it has introduced a refrigerated rail freight service to help Britain's biggest supermarket group deliver for Christmas and cut its carbon emissions.

* PAY SETTLEMENTS: British employers offered annual pay settlements of 2.2% in the three months to the end of November, up slightly from three months earlier but still well below the pace of inflation, industry data showed.

* GOLD: Gold prices inched higher as the dollar eased, while investors shifted their focus away from the U.S. Federal Reserve to other key central bank meetings.

* METALS: London copper prices jumped more than 2%, boosted by improved risk sentiment after the U.S. Federal Reserve struck an upbeat tone on economic recovery, while a halt to production at a major mine in Peru exacerbated supply concerns.

* OIL: Oil prices rose as U.S. implied consumer petroleum demand surged to a record high in the world's top oil consumer even as the Omicron variant of coronavirus threatens to dent oil consumption globally.

* The UK's FTSE 100 dropped on Wednesday after data showed consumer prices jumped to their highest in a decade ahead of a Bank of England meeting, while Cineworld fell 27% following a court order to pay $957 million in damages to a rival.



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(Reporting By Amna Karimi in Bengaluru)

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