UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 17

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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 17
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April 17 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is expected to open 7 points lower at 7,463 points on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers.

* MINERS: BHP Group BHP.AX BHPB.L , the world's biggest miner, joined rival Rio Tinto RIO.AX RIO.L in cutting forecast for iron ore output after a tropical cyclone hit Australia in March. Companies are also under pressure after a Brazilian court authorized Vale SA VALE3.SA to resume operations at its Brucutu mine. SHELL: Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil firm Saudi Aramco has reached an agreement to buy Shell's RDSa.L RDSa.AS shares in a refining joint venture, according to a report. GOLD: Gold prices stayed below the key $1,280 level on Wednesday, near a four-month trough, as better-than-expected economic readings from China lifted Asian shares and sharpened risk appetite, denting the metal's safe-haven appeal. OIL: Oil prices rose for a second day on Wednesday on signs of strong demand from refineries in China, the world's second-largest crude user, amid tightening supply as producers curtail output and as oil inventories in the United States fell unexpectedly. The UK blue chip index hit a six month high on Tuesday, as a weaker sterling and Asia-focused financial stocks, which gained on upbeat data from China, thrust it to levels not seen since October. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: LIVE/


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