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UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug 12

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    Aug 12 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100  .FTSE  index is seen
opening flat with futures  .FFIc1  up 0.1% on Friday.
    * FLUTTER: Flutter  FLTRF.I  posted a 20% fall in first-half
earnings but expects to finish the year ahead of 2021 excluding
an expected final year of losses in its fast growing U.S.
business. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N2ZM43Z
    * 888 HOLDINGS: 888 Holdings Plc  888.L  reported a fall in
its interim profit, hurt by tightened UK online gambling safety
measures and the cost-of-living crisis. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N2ZN331
    * GOV: Britain said it had shortlisted 20 projects for the
next stage of a key technology in its transition to net zero,
which involves capturing and storing carbon emissions from
industrial processes.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N2ZO18C
    * SHELL: Shell  SHEL.L  said on Thursday it halted
production at three U.S. Gulf of Mexico deepwater platforms
after a leak shut two pipelines connecting the platforms, adding
it expected pipeline service to resume on Friday.
    * GSK/SANOFI/HALEON: - Shares in GSK  GSK.L , Sanofi
 SASY.PA  and Haleon  HLN.L  fell sharply on Thursday, following
declines earlier this week, amid growing investor concerns about
U.S. litigation focused on a heartburn drug that contained a
probable carcinogen. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL1N2ZN1W6
    * NATIONAL GRID: Britain's National Grid on Thursday
cancelled a notice made earlier in the day, which said it
expected Britain's electricity supply margin to be below a
threshold needed to balance the country's energy
system. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL1N2ZN1NX
    * OIL: Oil prices dropped in Asia trade amid an uncertain
demand outlook, though benchmark contracts were headed for
weekly gains as recession fears eased. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL1N2ZO04H
    * GOLD:  Gold prices steadied and were on track for their
fourth consecutive weekly gain, as broader weakness in the
dollar countered pressure from an uptick in the Treasury yields
and prospects of U.S. interest rate hikes. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL1N2ZO02V
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please
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 (Reporting by Anchal Rana and Prerna Bedi in Bengaluru)

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