March 22, 2018 / 5:21 AM / a year ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 22

    March 22 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 22
points lower on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.
    * BANK OF ENGLAND:  Britain's central bank is likely to keep on course on
Thursday for an interest rate rise in May which would take borrowing costs above
their emergency levels for the first time since the financial crisis more than a
decade ago.
    * RECKITT BENCKISER: British consumer goods maker Reckitt Benckiser Group
 said on Wednesday it had ended discussions with Pfizer Inc over
buying its consumer healthcare business, a day before the U.S. drug company was
expecting binding offers for the unit.
    * PETROFAC: Petrofac Chief Executive Officer Ayman Asfari has acquired 10
million pounds ($14 million) of shares in the oilfield services company, a
regulatory filing shows.
    * INTERSERVE: British construction and services company Interserve
said on Wednesday it reached an agreement in principle with its creditors which
will secure its funding.
    * BRITAIN WAGE GROWTH: British workers' overall pay rose at the fastest pace
in more than two years during the three months to January, bolstering the
chances that the Bank of England will raise borrowing costs in May.
    * EX-DIVS: British American Tobacco, Randgold Resources,
Schroders, Segro and Sky will trade without
entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming 6.02 points
off the FTSE 100 according to Reuters calculations
    * The UK blue chip index closed 0.3 percent lower at 7,038.97 on Wednesday.

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 (Reporting by Radhika Rukmangadhan in Bengaluru)
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