UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 26
July 26 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 25 points lower on Monday, according to financial bookmakers, while futures FFIc1 were down 0.50%.
* ASTRZENECA: AstraZeneca AZN.L said the European Medicines Agency had recommended approving a medicine from its Alexion unit for treating a rare, deadly blood disorder in children and adolescents aged up to 18 years.
* M&G: M&G MNG.L has launched a sustainable version of its flagship 56 billion pounds PruFund range of funds, its chief executive told Reuters.
* OFWAT: Britain's water regulator said it would allow retailers to increase prices temporarily to offset higher bad debt costs due to the COVID-19 crisis.
* RYANAIR: Ryanair RYA.I nudged up its forecast for full-year traffic on strong summer bookings, but said fares remained well below pre-pandemic levels.
* COVID-19: The British government will be exposed to financial risks from its 372 billion pound pandemic spending for decades, according to lawmakers' reports on Sunday.
* FCA: Crypto broker CoinBurp is not fully authorised before Monday's planned launch of its $BURP token and initial exchange offering, Britain's Financial Conduct Authority said on Sunday.
* RIO TINTO: Canadian union Unifor said on Sunday about 900 workers had started strike action at global miner Rio Tinto RIO.L operations in the western Canadian province of British Columbia.
* VODAFONE: UK's Vodafone VOD.L said on Friday it intends to launch additional share buyback programmes over the next eight months to partially offset the increase in the company's issued share capital due to maturing of a convertible bond programme.
* GOLD: Gold prices inched higher, supported by easing U.S. bond yields and concerns over rising Delta variant infections.
* OIL: Oil prices fell as concerns about fuel demand from the spread of COVID-19 variants and floods in China offset expectations of tight supplies through the rest of the year.
* The FTSE 100 index ended higher on Friday, led by gains in consumer staples and a jump in Vodafone shares on strong results.
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Reporting by Shanima A in Bengaluru; editing by Vinay Dwivedi
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