UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Jan 10
Jan 10 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening higher with futures FFIc1 up 0.2% on Monday.
* ECONOMY: Major British companies plan a surge in investment in 2022 to meet strong demand and respond to climate change against a backdrop of growing labour shortages, according to a survey from accountants Deloitte.
* PAGEGROUP: UK-based recruitment firm PageGroup PAGE.L Chief Executive Officer Steve Ingham has sold 480,000 shares during the Christmas period for more than 3 million pounds ($4.1 million), the Financial Times reported on Friday.
* COVID-19 CASES: Britain reported 141,472 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, down from 146,390 cases on Saturday, while the number of new deaths reported fell to 97 from 313, official figures showed.
* CORONAVIRUS: Reducing the self-isolation period for people who test positive for COVID-19 from seven days to five would help British employers that have been hard hit by absences, education minister Nadhim Zahawi said on Sunday.
* ECONOMY: British manufacturers are optimistic that business conditions and productivity will improve this year despite most saying they have been hurt by Brexit and rising costs, according to an industry survey published on Monday.
* CLADDING: Britain's government will seek an extra 4 billion pounds ($5.4 billion) from property developers to fund repairs to dangerous apartment blocks, in the wake of a fire that killed more than 70 people in 2017, the BBC reported.
* OIL: Oil prices edged up as supply disruptions in Kazakhstan and Libya offset worries stemming from the rapid global rise in Omicron infections.
* METALS: London copper held steady as low inventories of the metal offset pressure from a firmer dollar, while investors focused on U.S. inflation data.
* GOLD: Gold prices eased as traders awaited December U.S. inflation data that could stress the need for earlier-than-anticipated interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve.
* The FTSE 100 rose on Friday to end the first week of the year higher on support from heavyweight banking and mining stocks, while investors sought to interpret mixed U.S. jobs data and its impact on Federal Reserve policy.
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Reporting by Muhammed Husain in Bengaluru
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