UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Oct 6

October 6 - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening higher on Thursday, with futures FFIc1 up 0.5%.

* SHELL: Shell SHEL.L said its third-quarter profits will be weakened by a sharp drop in refining margins and "significantly" weaker earnings from natural gas trading.

* SHELL: Qatar will bring on board Shell SHEL.L and Exxon Mobil XOM.N as partners in the second phase of the Gulf country's giant LNG expansion.

* FERREXPO: Ferrexpo Plc FXPO.L said its production of iron ore pellets fell sharply in the third quarter, as logistical constraints due to a Russian blockade of Ukraine's Black Sea ports kept the group's business under pressure.

* CMC MARKETS: CMC Markets Plc CMCX.L said it expected interim profit to be ahead of last year, as client trading volumes increased in August and September on the back of volatile stock and foreign exchange markets.

* ANTOFAGASTA: Antofagasta's ANTO.L chief executive for Chile, Ivan Arriagada, voiced concern that a more recessionary context could depress copper prices.

* LLOYD'S OF LONDON: Lloyd's of London is investigating a possible cyber attack, with companies on high alert for intrusions as a result of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

* CBRE: CBRE Investment Management has deferred redemption payments on its UK property fund due to market conditions, joining several other funds taking similar steps.

* OIL: Oil prices stabilised near three-week highs after OPEC+ agreed to further tighten global crude supply with a deal to slash production by about 2 million barrel per day, the largest reduction since 2020.

* GOLD: Gold prices edged higher, lifted by a subdued dollar and Treasury yields, although prices were confined to a narrow range as investors awaited more U.S. data that could affect the outlook for the Federal Reserve's rate-hike trajectory.

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Reporting by Prerna Bedi in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D'Souza

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