May 19, 2016 / 5:51 AM / 2 years ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on May 19

May 19 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 60
points, or nearly 1 percent, on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers. For
more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on 
    * The UK blue chip index on Wednesday ended flat in percentage terms at its
close at 6,165.80 points, as luxury goods firm Burberry fell after a
slump in its profits and miners tracked weaker metals prices. 
    * ANTOFAGASTA: Antofagasta said on Wednesday it had signed an
accord with a community that has long-opposed the tailings dam at its Los
Pelambres flagship copper mine in Chile to bring their protests to an end, but
not all the protesters said they were on board. 
    * DIRECTORS' PAY: Shareholders of two London-listed companies approved their
directors' pay on Wednesday, rejecting the recommendations of influential
advisors in a sign that dissatisfaction over high salaries has yet to result in
widespread change. 
    * UK's REFORM AGENDA: Queen Elizabeth unveiled plans by British Prime
Minister David Cameron on Wednesday to overhaul prisons and help the poor under
a social reform agenda he hopes to press after a referendum on European Union
    * BREXIT: The campaign to keep Britain in the European Union has taken an 18
percentage point lead over the "Out" campaign ahead of a June 23 referendum, its
widest in three months, a telephone opinion poll by Ipsos MORI showed on
    * OIL: Oil prices fell on Thursday, pulled down by rising U.S. crude
inventories, a stronger dollar and surging output from Iran to Europe and Asia.
    * GOLD: Gold was trading near a three-week low on Thursday after minutes
from a Federal Reserve policy meeting signalled the U.S. central bank could
raise rates as soon as next month, boosting the dollar.    
    * EX-DIVS: Bunzl, HSBC Holdings, Imperial Brands,
Intertek Group, Provident Financial, Royal Dutch Shell A and B
 will trade without entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out on
Thursday, trimming 17.27 points off the FTSE 100 according to Reuters
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 Investec PLC      Full Year 2016 Investec PLC Earnings
 Shanks Group PLC  Preliminary 2015/2016 Shanks Group
                   PLC Earnings Release
 Grainger PLC      Half Year 2016 Grainger PLC Earnings
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 Butlers PLC       PLC Earnings Release
 Booker Group PLC  Full Year 2015/2016 Booker Group PLC
                   Earnings Release
 Britvic PLC       Half Year 2016 Britvic PLC Earnings
 Hargreaves        Hargreaves Lansdown PLC Interim
 Lansdown PLC      Management Statement Release
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                   Earnings Release
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 (Reporting by Aastha Agnihotri in Bengaluru)
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