UK Stocks-Factors to watch on May 9

    May 9 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 33 points
lower at 7,238 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.
    * STAGECOACH: Stagecoach Group said on Wednesday it had begun legal
action against Britain's Department for Transport after the company's bid to
continue operating a rail route was rejected due to concerns over pensions.

    * STANDARD CHARTERED: Standard Chartered has become the latest
British firm to attract investor criticism of executive pensions, although
shareholders stopped short of blocking the lender's pay plans outright in a vote
on Wednesday.
    * GSK: Australia's competition regulator said on Thursday it will not oppose
GlaxoSmithKline's deal to buy Pfizer's consumer healthcare
    * BP, SHELL:  U.S. Gulf Coast refiners are bidding up prices for medium,
high-sulfur crude produced in the Gulf of Mexico by BP Plc and Royal
Dutch Shell Plc as they face a global shortage of heavy and sour crude,
trade sources said.
    * OIL: Oil prices dropped 1 percent on Thursday amid concerns over the
escalating trade battle between the United States and China, despite a surprise
fall in U.S. crude stockpiles.
    * GOLD:  Gold prices held steady on Thursday ahead of Sino-U.S. trade
negotiations, while demand for government bonds and Japanese yen and a key
technical resistance limited gains for the safe-haven metal.
    * EX-DIVS: Admiral Group, BP, Centrica and Hiscox
 will trade without entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out on
Thursday, trimming 8.8 points off the FTSE 100 according to Reuters calculations
    * The UK blue chip index closed 0.2 percent higher on Wednesday as investors
welcomed indications from Washington that it and Beijing could be closer to a
trade deal, though the mood remained wary and dull earnings updates kept a lid
on gains, and was also boosted by oil stocks after data showed a surprise draw
in U.S. crude inventories.
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 (Reporting by Pushkala Aripaka and Adil Bhat in Bengaluru)

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