July 31 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 12 point higher at 6,002 on Friday, according to financial bookmakers.
* FRC: Accounting firms continue to show too little independence when checking the books of listed companies and should show more professional scepticism when dealing with clients, Britain's audit watchdog said. LOCKDOWN: UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said late on Thursday that the COVID-19 lockdown in parts of Northern England will be tightened. OIL: Oil prices recovered further ground, after touching three-week lows in the previous session, responding to a record decline in U.S. growth. GOLD: Gold rose en route to its best month in more than four years as the dollar slid further after dismal U.S. data added to doubts about a swift recovery from the pandemic-induced economic slump. METAL: London copper prices were on course for a fourth consecutive monthly gain, rising in early Asian trade on Friday as the dollar slipped to two-year lows. The UK blue-chip index .FTSE ended 2.3% lower on broad-based losses on Thursday. Gloomy quarterly results from banks and a clutch of other firms saw the FTSE 100 post its worst session in five weeks. UK CORPORATE DIARY:
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