August 22, 2019 / 5:36 AM / 9 months ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Thursday, Aug 22

    Aug 22 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen to opening 29
points lower at 7,175
on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.
    * BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO: Four dominant e-cigarette makers including a
unit of British American Tobacco face a probe into the health impacts
of their products, as the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee asked on
Wednesday about the firms' research and marketing practices.
    * RYAN AIR: Ryanair can still avoid a planned strike by British
pilots this week if it agrees to a new framework for talks, the chief of UK
pilot union BALPA said on Wednesday.
    * Britain and South Korea will sign a continuity Free Trade Agreement on
Thursday to allow businesses to keep trading freely after Brexit at the end of
October, the British government said.
    * Major British employers gave average pay rises of 2.6% to staff in the
three months to July, the highest pace of increase in more than 10 years, data
from industry consultants XpertHR showed on Thursday.
    * HSBC: HSBC Holdings Plc is considering a bid for Asian operations
being sold by Aviva Plc, according to a Bloomberg report.

    * EX-DIVS: Berkeley Group, Carnival ,Croda
International, Imperial Brands, London Stock Exchange,
Prudential, Reckitt Benckiser and Schroders Plc  will
trade without entitlement to its latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming
5.7 points off the FTSE 100 according to Reuters calculations.      
    *  London's FTSE 100 rose 1.1% on Wednesday as oil majors tracked gains in
crude prices and exporters benefitted from a weaker pound, while markets waited
for minutes of the U.S. Federal Reserve's July meeting for signs of further
policy easing.
    *  GOLD: Gold prices were little changed on Thursday, holding above the key
$1,500 an ounce level, as investors awaited the Federal Reserve chair's speech
at a global central bankers' conclave for clues on future U.S. interest rate
    * OIL: Oil prices slipped on Thursday, paring earlier gains, weighed down by
lingering worries about the global economy and bigger-than-expected builds in
oil product inventories in the United States, the world's biggest oil consumer.

    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on:

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 (Reporting by Shanima A in Bengaluru)
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