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UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 15
Published at 15/03/2019 at 07:59

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March 15 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 is seen opening 15 points higher at 7,200 on Friday, according to financial bookmakers, while FTSE 100 futures were up 0.15 percent ahead of the cash market open.

* PageGroup: British recruitment company PageGroup said its chief executive Steve Ingham had badly hurt his back in a skiing accident, putting him out of action for a number of weeks.

* SThree: Recruiter SThree Plc posted a 9 percent rise in first-quarter gross profit on Friday as strong hiring in international markets offset weakness in Britain.

* JD Wetherspoon: British pubs group JD Wetherspoon Plc posted an 18.9 percent fall in first-half pretax profit on Friday as it battles high labour costs.

* WPP: Martin Sorrell will earn 2.13 million pounds from the WPP long-term incentive plan this year after the marketing and communications group said it would not challenge his right to benefit from the scheme, the Financial Times reported on Thursday.

* Royal Dutch Shell: Royal Dutch Shell said on Thursday it planned to reduce carbon emissions from its oil and gas operations and product sales by 2 percent to 3 percent during the 2016-2021 period, the first time the company has issued carbon footprint targets.

* Lloyds: A long-awaited probe into what Lloyds Banking Group executives knew about one of Britain's worst-ever banking frauds is now not likely to be completed until next year, a source with knowledge of the review said.

* Aston Martin: The total remuneration for the boss of luxury carmaker Aston Martin stood at 3 million pounds ($4 million) in 2018, according to the firm's annual report.

* DEBENHAMS: Debenhams will consider a 150 million pound ($199 million) loan offer from dissident shareholder Sports Direct , it said on Thursday while indicating that Mike Ashley's latest push for control of the struggling British department store group is unlikely to fly.

* GOLD: Gold prices edged down on Friday after slipping below the key $1,300 level in the previous session, pressured by improving appetite for risk as British lawmakers voted to seek a delay to the country's exit from the European Union.

* OIL: Oil prices were firm on Friday amid production cuts led by OPEC and as U.S. sanctions against Venezuela and Iran likely created a slight deficit in global supply in the first quarter of 2019.

* The UK blue chip index closed 0.37 percent higher at 7185.43 on Thursday as financials cheered British lawmakers' rejection of a disruptive no-deal Brexit and oil majors rose on higher crude prices, but mid-cap retirement services specialist Just Group slumped on plans to raise funds.

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