March 23 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 29 points lower at 6,697 on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers.
* RIO TINTO: Rio Tinto (LON: RIO ) Ltd RIO.AX said it plans to form a new indigenous advisory group, including at a board level, to help better understand indigenous culture and issues in Australia. BP: BP BP.L said its greenhouse gas emissions dropped 10% to around 374 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2020 from its oil fields to its clients' car exhausts. Separately, BP BP.L Chief Executive Bernard Looney's remuneration was 1.735 million pounds in 2020 after it scrapped all bonuses during his first year in office, the energy group said in its annual report. ASTRAZENECA: AstraZeneca AZN.L may have provided an incomplete view of efficacy data on its COVID-19 vaccine from a large scale U.S. trial, the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said. ECONOMY: Most major global companies no longer plan to reduce their use of office space after the COVID-19 pandemic, a survey by accountants KPMG showed. GOLD: Gold prices slipped as the U.S. dollar strengthened along with Treasury yields. OIL: Oil prices fell 1% on concerns that new pandemic curbs and slow vaccine rollouts in Europe will slow a recovery in fuel demand. The UK blue-chip index .FTSE closed 0.3% higher on Monday on a weaker pound and as gains in defensive stocks outweighed declines in commodity-linked and travel shares. UK CORPORATE DIARY:
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