May 17, 2018 / 6:01 AM / a year ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on May 17

    May 17 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 4
points at 7,730 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.     
    * ROYAL MAIL: New chief executive of Royal Mail, Rico Back, has been
paid nearly 6 million pounds ($8.13 million) to buy him out of his contract in a
move that could spark fury among former state-owned company's trade unions and
    * MOTHERCARE: Britain's Mothercare Plc will shutter 50 stores in the
UK and bring back Mark Newton-Jones as chief executive as part of a
restructuring plan to be unveiled on Thursday.
    * KPMG: KPMG, Deloitte, EY and PwC have drawn up contingency plans for a
break up of their UK businesses, in case regulators force them to spin off their
audit from their consulting businesses, FT reported.
    * BETTING: The maximum stake on fixed odds betting terminals in the UK will
be dramatically slashed to just 2 pounds in a major victory for gambling
    * GOLD: Gold prices made modest gains on Thursday after touching their
lowest level this year in the previous session, amid geopolitical uncertainty
and a slightly weaker U.S. dollar.
    * OIL: Oil prices firmed on Thursday, with Brent crude creeping ever closer
to $80 per barrel, a level it has not seen since November 2014, as supplies
tighten while demand remains strong.
    * EX-DIVS: HSBC, Intertek Group, Tesco will trade
without entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming 6.77
points off the FTSE 100 according to Reuters calculations
    * The UK blue chip index closed 11 points higher at 7734.20 on Wednesday, as
mining stocks rallied.
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets
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 (Reporting by Sangameswaran S in Bengaluru)
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