March 8, 2018 / 5:39 AM / 10 months ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 8

    March 8 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening flat on
Thursday, according to financial bookmakers. 
    * UK-RECRUITERS: British recruiters reported a slowdown in their clients'
demand for staff during February, though pay rates and appetite for new workers
continue to grow quickly.
    * OIL: Oil prices steadied on Thursday, supported by healthy demand, after
falling the previous day on the back of record U.S. crude production and rising
    * GOLD: Gold prices held steady on Thursday as investors awaited more
details on U.S. President Donald Trump's proposed steel and aluminium tariffs,
the outcome of the European Central Bank's policy meeting, and U.S. jobs data. 

    * EX-DIVS: BHP Billiton, Evraz, Land Securities,
Persimmon, Shire, Standard Chartered will trade
without entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming 8.31
points off the FTSE 100 according to Reuters calculations. 
    * The UK blue chip index closed up 0.16 percent at 7,157.84 points on
Wednesday, as a rally in engine maker Rolls Royce and gains among industrials
more than offset weakness among commodity stocks.
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets
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 (Reporting by Justin George Varghese)
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