UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 20



July 20(Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index .FTSE is seen opening higher on Wednesday, with futures FFIc1 up 0.47%.

* ABRDN: British asset manager Abrdn Plc ABDN.L is preparing to sell its private equity business as part of a streamlining process under Chief Executive Stephen Bird, Sky News reported on Tuesday.

* LSEG: The London Stock Exchange Group LSEG.L said on Tuesday it has launched a taskforce to drive through financial reforms announced by British government to buttress the capital's attraction for global investors.

* MEGGITT: Britain's business minister Kwasi Kwarteng has approved the 6.3 billion-pound ($7.57 billion) takeover of London-based defence firm Meggitt MGGT.L by U.S. engineering and aerospace company Parker-Hannifin PH.N , his department said on Tuesday.

* POLYMETAL: Polymetal POLYP.L is considering disposing of its Russian assets in a shift to focus on its operations in Kazakhstan, the gold and silver producer said on Tuesday, sending its London-listed shares up 35%.

* ROYAL MAIL: More than 115,000 postal workers at Royal Mail RMG.L have voted to strike over pay, trade union CWU said on Tuesday, putting them on course for what could be the biggest industrial action to hit Britain this summer.

* BOE: Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey said the central bank was considering reducing its British government bond holdings by 50 billion to 100 billion pounds ($60 billion-120 billion) in the space of a year through a mix of active sales and gilt redemptions.

* OIL: Oil prices edged down on Wednesday, pressured by global central bank efforts to tame inflation and ahead of expected builds in U.S. crude inventories as product demand weakens.

* UK's benchmark FTSE 100 index rose on Tuesday as a buoyant global mood and strong gains by banks and consumer staples offset fears of a big interest rate hike next month after stronger-than-expected jobs data.

* UK CORPORATE DIARY:

Centamin

CEY.L

Q2 2022 report

Antofagasta

ANTO.L

Q2 Production report

PayPoint

PAYP.L

Q1 trading update

Royal Mail

RMG.L

Q1 trading update

Premier Foods

PFD.L

Q1 trading update

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Reporting by Muhammed Husain in Bengaluru

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