UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Jan 5

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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Jan 5
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Jan 5 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 14 points lower at 6,557 on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers.

* ASTRAZENECA: Mexico's health regulator Cofepris has approved Oxford University and AstraZeneca's AZN.L COVID-19 vaccine, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said. Brazil made a diplomatic push to guarantee an Indian-made shipment of British drugmaker AstraZeneca's AZN.L COVID-19 vaccine. RIO TINTO: U.S. President Donald Trump's outgoing administration plans to approve a controversial land swap needed for Rio Tinto Ltd RIO.AX RIO.L and partners to build an Arizona copper mining project that Native American tribes say will destroy sites of cultural and religious value. MARKS & SPENCER: A Paris branch of British retailer Marks & Spencer MKS.L said fresh ready-made pasta dishes were unavailable on Monday because post-Brexit trade rules had disrupted deliveries across the Channel. NATIONAL GRID: Britain's National Grid NG.L is forecasting tight electricity margins for Wednesday to Friday this week, citing factors such as low renewable power generation and below-average temperatures. COVID-19: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday ordered England into a new national lockdown to contain a surge in COVID-19 cases that threatens to overwhelm parts of the health system before a vaccine programme reaches a critical mass. GOLD: Gold prices eased after hitting an eight-week high, as the U.S. dollar recovered from multi-year lows ahead of Senate runoff elections in Georgia that will decide the future path of fiscal stimulus in the world's largest economy. OIL: Oil prices edged down before deadlocked talks between major producers about potential changes in February output are set to continue later in the day while fuel demand concerns lingered amid new COVID-19 lockdowns. The UK blue-chip index .FTSE closed 1.7% higher on Monday in the first trading session of the new year, buoyed by optimism around vaccine rollouts, while a jump in metal prices helped boost the export-heavy FTSE 100 index. UK CORPORATE DIARY:

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