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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on May 16
Published at 16/05/2019 at 06:07

May 16 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is expected to open 32 points lower at 7,265 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.

* NON-STANDARD FINANCE: Non-Standard Finance Plc on Wednesday ploughed ahead with its 1.3 billion pound hostile takeover of Provident Financial , even though the subprime lender failed to win the backing of some of its larger rival's investors.

* ITV: British broadcaster ITV has cancelled "The Jeremy Kyle Show", a tabloid talkshow that features confrontations between guests over issues like infidelity, betrayal and addiction, after a participant died following a recording of the programme.

* OIL: Oil prices edged up on Thursday to extend gains into a third straight session, as tensions in the Middle East stoked fears of potential disruptions to supply.

* GOLD: Gold prices marked time on Thursday as an uptick in equities offset support from doubts over trade talks between the United States and China.

* EX-DIVS: GlaxoSmithKline , HSBC Holdings , Intertek Group

, RDS 'A , RDS 'B , Tesco will trade without entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming 23.6 points off the FTSE 100 according to Reuters calculations.

* The UK blue chip index closed 0.76% higher at 7241.60 on Wednesday as hopes that the United States' trade tensions with China and Europe will dissipate, combined with a weaker pound, lifted Britain's main index higher, as a slew of earnings reports also drove share moves.

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(Reporting by Shashwat Awasthi in Bengaluru)

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