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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on May 9

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May 9 -Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening higher on Thursday, with futures FFIc1 up 0.2%.

* PRUDENTIAL: Insurer Prudential PRU.L has shut down its Hong Kong wealth management business Pulse Wealth, the company said in a statement to Reuters, as part of a wider push to streamline its business.

* JOB MARKET: Pay rates for temporary staff in Britain rose last month at the fastest pace in nearly a year and employers scaled back hiring by less than in recent months, a survey of recruiters showed on Thursday.

* MOTOR FINANCE: Britain's financial watchdog said it was considering a formal redress scheme to compensate thousands of consumers that were potentially overcharged for motor finance.

* OIL: Oil prices rose in early trade as shrinking U.S. crude inventories signalled tighter supply, and amid rising hopes that the Federal Reserve would cut interest rates by the end of the year.

* FTSE: The UK's FTSE 100 benchmark stock index scaled new highs on Wednesday following upbeat corporate updates while investors awaited the Bank of England's interest rate verdict.


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Reporting by Prerna Bedi in Bengaluru


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