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Market Cap £335.1m
Enterprise Value £483.0m
Revenue £565.3m
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UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug 1

Thu 1st August, 2019 7:49am
(Adds company news items and futures)
    Aug 1 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 futures  FFIc1  were down 0.5% ahead of
the cash market open on Thursday. 
    * LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE: London Stock Exchange  LSE.L  said it had agreed to
buy financial information firm Refinitiv in a $27 billion deal that will
transform the British company into a market data and analytics
giant. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N24X1SX
    * BARCLAYS: Barclays  BARC.L  has upped its dividend payment by 20% as it
reported second-quarter profit in line with forecasts, thanks to a more
resilient performance at its trading unit and an absence of regulatory fines
that have blighted past earnings.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N24X1MH
    * SHELL: Royal Dutch Shell's  RDSa.L  second-quarter profit slumped to a
30-month low due to lower oil and natural gas prices and refining margins,
falling far short of forecasts.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N24X1P3
    * RIO TINTO: Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto  RIO.AX   RIO.L  reported its
biggest first-half profit since 2014 and declared a bumper dividend, as red-hot
iron ore prices helped offset the impact of disruptions caused by a cyclone in
late March.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N24X1Z3 
    * SCHRODERS: British asset manager Schroders  SDR.L  said pretax profit fell
14% in the first half, hit by weak markets at the start of the year and outflows
of client cash.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N24X1T8    
    * RSA: British insurer RSA  RSA.L  posted a 1% increase in its operating
profit in the first half of the year, in line with forecasts, driven by strong
performance in its general insurance business.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N24X1U1
    * CAPITA: British business services group Capita  CPI.L  reported a 3.6%
fall in first-half pretax profit, hurt by a drop in new orders as it strives to
turn around its business amid a tough economic backdrop.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N24X1ZW
    * KIER GROUP: British contractor Kier Group Plc  KIE.L  warned its full-year
revenue would fall by 100 million pounds ($121.20 million), and named RPC
Group's Simon Kesterton as its new finance chief.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N24X21O
    * BRITAIN-EU: Britain is ramping up preparations for a no-deal Brexit by
spending an extra 2.1 billion pounds ($2.6 billion) to make sure the country is
ready to leave the European Union with or without a divorce deal at the end of
October.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N24X1BZ
    * PEARSON: British education company Pearson Plc  PSON.L  on Thursday said
it has notified customers of a data breach that resulted in unauthorized access
to about 13,000 school and university accounts, mainly in the United States.
    * STANDARD CHARTERED: Standard Chartered PLC  STAN.L  exceeded forecasts
with a 3% increase in its first-half profit, but flagged trade tensions and a
monetary policy easing cycle as potential risks for the London-headquartered
lender.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N24X1E5
    * WOODFORD: Neil Woodford's suspended Equity Income Fund has breached a 10%
cap on unlisted stocks after three of its holdings stopped trading on the
Guernsey exchange, though a spokesman said it was taking action to remedy the
situation.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N24W2RQ
    * OIL:  Oil prices skidded on Thursday, declining for the first time in six
days, after the U.S. Federal Reserve dampened hopes for a string of interest
rate cuts and Sino-U.S. talks ended without apparent progress towards resolving
a bitter trade dispute.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N24X14C
    * GOLD: Gold prices dropped to two-week lows on Thursday after the U.S.
Federal Reserve cut rates by 25 basis points as expected but tampered market
expectations of a lengthy easing cycle, lifting the dollar to a two-year high.
    * EX-DIVS: RELX  REL.L  will trade without entitlement to its latest
dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming 1.02 points off the FTSE 100 according to
Reuters calculations  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N24U25T 
    * London's FTSE 100 slipped on Wednesday from this week's 11-month high, as
wealth manager St. James's Place, homebuilder Taylor Wimpey and mortgage lender
Lloyds fell on the back of results, overshadowing an upbeat forecast from
clothing retailer Next.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N24W2EO
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on:
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