UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 25
March 25 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 17 points lower at 6,695 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.
* ASTRAZENECA: AstraZeneca AZN.L said its COVID-19 vaccine was 76% effective at preventing symptomatic illness in a new analysis of its major U.S. trial - a tad lower than the level announced earlier this week in a report that was criticised for using outdated information. BT: BT BT.L said it had met its target of extending full-fibre broadband to 4.5 mln premises by the end of March. PUBS: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggested on Wednesday that some pubs might require customers to produce vaccine certificates, an idea that he had previously deemed unlikely. ECONOMY: Bank of England Chief Economist Andy Haldane said on Wednesday he remained confident that Britain's economy was poised for a quick bounce-back as the country races ahead with its coronavirus vaccinations and restrictions are lifted. GOLD: Gold prices rose as surging COVID-19 cases across Europe fuelled economic growth concerns. OIL: Oil prices skidded around 2% as fuel demand concerns re-emerged alongside fresh coronavirus pandemic lockdowns. The UK blue-chip index .FTSE closed 0.2% higher on Wednesday as data showed a better-than-expected rebound in British business activity in March. UK CORPORATE DIARY:
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