UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Jan 13



Jan 13 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening lower, with futures FFIc1 down 0.1% on Thursday.

* ASTRAZENECA: AstraZeneca AZN.L said on Wednesday the U.S. government has agreed to purchase an additional 500,000 doses of its antibody cocktail, Evusheld, used to prevent COVID-19.

* FINANCE: Britain's financial services grew for the third quarter in a row in the last three months of 2021 and at their fastest pace since mid-2017, even though COVID-19 dampened optimism, a survey showed.

* JOBS: British job vacancies grew at the slowest pace in eight months in December, according to a survey of recruiters, but overall labour market conditions remained tight as many employers struggled to find staff.

* BRITAIN: British foreign minister Liz Truss will seek to inject momentum into talks with the European Union to resolve post-Brexit disputes over trading rules, hosting EU commissioner Maros Sefcovic.

* OIL: Oil prices slipped, trimming big gains from the previous two sessions, amid uncertainty over near-term demand as cases of the highly contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus surge around the globe.

* GOLD: Gold prices held near a one-week high hit in the previous session, as the U.S. dollar and Treasury yields retreated after inflation data came in line with expectations and reiterated the need for a quicker interest rate hike.

* London's FTSE 100 ended higher on Wednesday, led by mining and oil giants following a global rally in risk assets, while a slew of positive earnings updates including a forecast lift from supermarket group Sainsbury's also aided the mood.

* UK CORPORATE DIARY: Persimmon

PSN.L

Trading update

Marks & Spencer

MKS.L

Trading update

Mitchells &

MAB.L

Trading update Butlers

ASOS

ASOS.L

Trading update Safestore

SAFE.L

FY Result

Wood Plc

WG.L

Trading update

Tesco

TSCO.L

Trading update

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Reporting by Muhammed Husain in Bengaluru

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