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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 18
Published at 18/04/2019 at 07:02

April 18 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is expected to open 20 points lower at 7,451 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.

* GLENCORE: Glencore Coal's chief development officer jeff Gerard was appointed to the top job at Glencore's unit Katanga Mining , less than two months after Glencore said it would limit annual coal production capacity to current levels.

* DOMINO'S: Investors of Domino's Pizza Group Plc have urged the firm's chief to step down, according to an FT report.

* SHELL: Saudi Aramco plans to buy Royal Dutch Shell's 50 percent stake in Saudi refining complex SASREF, a joint venture between the firms, two sources said on Wednesday.

* OIL: Oil prices dropped on Thursday as the impact of plentiful U.S. production offset a surprise decline in U.S. inventories, leaving international benchmark Brent retreating from a five-month high touched in the previous session.

* GOLD: Gold fell to its lowest since December-end on Thursday as indications that the global economy might not be as troubled as previously feared prompted investors to take risks ahead of a slew of economic data.

* EX-DIVS: BAE Systems and Reckitt Benckiser will trade without entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming 4.2 points off the FTSE 100 according to Reuters calculations.

* The UK blue chip index was off its six-month high on Wednesday as a fall in miners over Vale's plans to reopen a major Brazilian mine offset gains in banks after upbeat data from China.

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* UK CORPORATE DIARY:

Mi-Pay Group Full Year Earnings Release

Modern Water Full Year Earnings Release

Moneysupermarket.Com Q1 Trading Statement Release

Paragon Entertainment Full Year Earnings Release

Xeros Technology Group Full Year Earnings Release

Rentokil Initial Q1 Trading Statement Release

Christie Group Half Year Earnings Release

MHP SE Q1 Pre-Close Trading Statement

Unilever Q1 Trading Statement Release

PZ Cussons Trading Statement Release

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(Reporting by Pushkala Aripaka in Bengaluru)

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