UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 7

July 7 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 4 points higher at 7,105 on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers, while futures FFIc1 were up 0.33%.

* SHELL: Royal Dutch Shell RDSa.L said it would boost its planned shareholder returns beginning in the second quarter after a sharp rise in oil and gas prices helped it reduce debt.

* 888: 888 Holdings 888.L forecast annual adjusted core profit to be slightly higher than last year.

* ROBERT WALTERS: Robert Walters RWA.L posted the first jump in its net fees in a year as the British recruiting firm continued to see signs of increased hiring in its key markets.

* COUNTRYSIDE: Countryside Properties CSPC.L said that it will focus solely on it Partnerships business following a strategic review of the potential separation of its housebuilding segment.

* WETHERSPOON: Wetherspoon JDW.L said it plans to discuss debt waivers with its lenders for the next financial year.

* PAGEGROUP: PageGroup PAGE.L reported a 2% rise in second-quarter gross profit compared with 2019, helped by an uptick in hiring across Asia Pacific and the Americas.

* LLOYDS: Lloyds Banking Group LLOY.L said it has launched its private rental business and aims to buy more than 1,000 residential properties by the end of next year.

* DELIVEROO: Deliveroo ROO.L said it would hire 400 software engineers, data scientists and designers in the next 12 months to drive innovation on its platform.

* HOUSE PRICES: British house prices in June fell in monthly terms for the first time since January as the government prepared to scale back its tax break for home-buyers, mortgage lender Halifax said.

* CLIMATE CHANGE: Investors managing $4.2 trillion called on some of the world's biggest banks to toughen their climate and biodiversity policies or risk rebellions at their next annual meetings.

* GOLD: Gold prices rose towards a three-week high scaled in the previous session.

* OIL: Oil prices steadied after a steep drop in the previous session.

* The UK blue-chip index .FTSE closed 0.9% lower on Tuesday, dragged down by commodity-linked and bank stocks, while a stronger pound weighed on export-oriented companies.

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Reporting by Priyanshi Mandhan in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber

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