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Off The Wire UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Dec 19
19-12-2017 12:10:03

Dec 19 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 5 points higher at 7,542 on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers.

* BHP: Global miner BHP Billiton said on Tuesday it has taken a preliminary decision to quit the World Coal Association citing disagreement over climate change, and might also withdraw from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over mining industry rules. * BARCLAYS: British bank Barclays Plc has submitted an alternative proposal to restructure Seadrill , the oil rig company said in a U.S. court filing. * LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE GROUP: London Stock Exchange's shareholders would meet on Tuesday to decide if its chairman Donald Brydon should be removed, as demanded by activist hedge fund TCI. * MILLENNIUM & COPTHORNE/CITY DEVELOPMENTS: Kwek Leng Beng, the Singaporean billionaire attempting to take over Millennium & Copthorne Hotels , defended his bid on Monday after a group of investors argued it was too low and sought to block the deal. * CENTRICA: Britain's Centrica is aiming to produce a total of 56 billion cubic feet (bcf) of gas from its Rough site in 2018, a company spokesman said on Monday. * The UK blue chip index closed up 0.62 percent on Monday, restrained by a rising pound, as a global wave of optimism over a U.S. tax bill and the prospect of a coalition to rule Germany lifted stocks and led the MSCI all-country world index to new record highs.