UK Stocks-Factors to watch on May 26

jueves 26 de mayo de 2016 01:22 GYT
 

May 26 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 10
to 12 points, or 0.2 percent, on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.
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    * The UK blue chip index closed up 0.7 percent at 6,262.85 on Wednesday,
lifted by gains at major banks and oil companies, while retailer Marks & Spencer
 slumped after a disappointing trading update. 
    * BP, SHELL: Six international oil firms including BP and Royal Dutch
Shell Plc have bid to operate Qatar's largest offshore oil field, two
people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. 
    * SABLE MINING: A grand jury in Liberia on Wednesday indicted government
officials, including the speaker of parliament and the head of the ruling party,
along with London AIM-listed Sable Mining on charges including bribery.
 
    * EX-DIVS: Carnival Plc, DCC Plc and Whitbread Plc 
will trade without entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out on Thursday,
trimming 0.83 points off the FTSE 100 according to Reuters calculations.
 
    * UK STEEL: Tata Steel has received a number of serious offers for
its businesses in Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday as
steel workers marched past Downing Street to put pressure on the government to
get a deal. 
    * UK BANKS: Complaints against financial services firms in Britain are at
their third highest level on record despite a crackdown on bad behaviour by
regulators and new laws since the financial crisis to protect customers from
misselling. 
    * UK ECONOMY: Confidence in Britain's dominant services sector fell to its
lowest level in over three years in the three months to May ahead of the
country's European Union membership referendum in June, a survey showed on
Thursday. 
    * UK REFERENDUM: European Union officials and diplomats launched a round of
confidential discussions this week to prepare a coordinated response to a
possible British vote to leave the bloc next month, EU sources told Reuters on
Wednesday. 
    Those fighting for Britain to remain in the European Union are making good
progress but getting young people to register and turn out to vote is the 'In'
camp's greatest concern, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday.
 
    
    * UK CORPORATE DIARY:
    
 Imagination                            Imagination Technologies Group
 Technologies Group PLC                 PLC Year End Trading Statement
                                        Presentation
 SVG Capital PLC                        Q1 2016 SVG Capital PLC Interim
                                        Management Statement Release
 Darty PLC                              Full Year 2016 Darty PLC Trading
                                        Statement Release
 Tate & Lyle PLC                        Full Year 2016 Tate & Lyle PLC
                                        Earnings Release
 Inchcape PLC                           Q1 2016 Inchcape PLC Trading
                                        Statement Release
 PayPoint PLC                           Full Year 2015 PayPoint plc
                                        Earnings Release
 Vectura Group PLC                      Full Year 2016 Vectura Group PLC
                                        Earnings Release
 United Utilities Group                 Full Year 2015/2016 United
 PLC                                    Utilities Group PLC Earnings
                                        Release
 Daily Mail and General                 Half Year 2016 Daily Mail and
 Trust PLC                              General Trust PLC Earnings
                                        Release
    
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 (Reporting by Esha Vaish in Bengaluru)