August 31, 2017 / 5:14 AM / a year ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug 31

    Aug 31 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 14
points on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.
    * SHELL: Royal Dutch Shell staff have returned to a major oil and
gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico in preparation to restart production one week
after its shutdown due to Hurricane Harvey, industry sources said on
    * CO-OPERATIVE GROUP: Britain's Co-operative Group is in exclusive
talks to buy Nisa, entering the fray days after larger rival Sainsbury's
 suspended its own bid talks for the wholesale group.
    * OIL: Gasoline prices hit $2 a gallon for the first time since 2015 on
Thursday as flooding from storm Harvey knocked out almost a quarter of U.S.
refineries, while crude prices stabilised following a slump the previous
    * EX-DIVS: Croda, G4S, Hammerson, Intercontinental
Hotel Group and St James' Place will trade without entitlement
to their latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming 1.15 points off the FTSE
100 according to Reuters calculations.
    * The UK blue chip FTSE 100 index ended up 0.4 percent at 7,365.26
points on Wednesday, recovering some of the previous session's losses as
financials firmed and media stock ITV crept higher. 
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets
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 (Reporting by Siju Varghese)
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