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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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(Reporting by Pushkala Aripaka in Bengaluru)

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