UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Dec. 27

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 27, 2017 13:40 hrs

Dec 27 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 9 points on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures 0.1 percent higher ahead of the cash market open. * IWG: British serviced office provider IWG Plc said it has received a bid approach from Canadian private equity firm Onex and Brookfield Asset Management . * SHELL: Royal Dutch Shell Plc said it expects recently enacted U.S. tax reform legislation to have a "favorable" impact on its operations. * OIL: Oil prices on Wednesday slipped away from two-and-a-half year highs hit the previous session as the gradual resumption of flows through a major North Sea pipeline made up for supply disruption in Libya. * GOLD: Gold prices edged down on Wednesday, hovering just below a three-week high hit in the previous session, as the dollar held steady and equities firmed. * The UK blue chip index closed 0.2 percent lower at 7,592.66 points on Friday, touching a fresh record high in holiday-shortened trade before easing at the close as weakness among cyclical stocks weighed. * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets TODAY'S UK PAPERS > Financial Times > Other business headlines Multimedia versions of Reuters Top News are now available for: * 3000 Xtra : visit * For Top News : (Reporting by Justin George Varghese)