April 27, 2017 / 5:59 AM / a year ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 27

    April 27 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down
0.42 percent on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers. 
    * HENDERSON: Shareholders of British asset manager Henderson Global
Investors backed its $6 billion merger with U.S. fund firm Janus
Capital on Wednesday, after Janus shareholders approved the deal earlier
this week.
    * TULLOW: Paul McDade, the incoming chief executive of Tullow Oil,
said on Wednesday the Africa-focused oil firm's appointment of its outgoing CEO
as chairman may not be best practice but it was in the company's
    * GO-AHEAD: British rail operator Go-Ahead Group got green light as
ministers will not strip loss-making and deeply troubled Thameslink-Southern
rail franchise as they fear it would cause even more chaos for millions of
commuters, The Times reported on Thursday. bit.ly/2oNGlof
    * LLOYDS: British bank Lloyds Banking Group said it has appointed a
retired high court judge to investigate its handling of fraud at its HBOS branch
in Reading, The Guardian reported on Wednesday. bit.ly/2oNJoNc
    * OIL: Oil prices dipped on Thursday, weighed down by a general sentiment of
globally bloated markets, though traders said that prices seemed to have found
support around current levels.
    * EX-DIVS: Antofagasta, Fresnillo, Informa, ITV
, Legal & General, Relx will trade without entitlement
to their latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming 5.65 points off the FTSE
100 according to Reuters calculations. 
    * The UK blue chip index closed up 0.2 percent on Wednesday, as gains for
Standard Chartered and other companies reporting well-received results
helped offset a pullback in healthcare stocks.
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets
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 (Reporting by Harish Bhaskar; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)
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