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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 18

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April 18 -Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening higher on Thursday, with futures FFIc1 up 0.32%.

* THAMES WATER: Britain's struggling Thames Water must sort out its own financial issues, Finance Minister Jeremy Hunt said, warning that the British state would never insure investors against bad decisions.

* INSURERS: The rising cost of car insurance has triggered a barrage of complaints in the cost of living crisis, Britain's financial watchdog told lawmakers as the sector insisted that prices remain at 2018 levels in real terms.

* OIL: Oil prices were little changed after a 3% drop in the previous session as the market remains concerned about demand this year and on signs that a wider conflict in the key Middle East producing region could be avoided.

* GOLD: Gold prices climbed as concerns about the Middle East war extending to other regions boosted demand for the safe-haven metal.

* EX-DIVS: LSEG LSEG.L, Antofagasta ANTO.L, Croda CRDA.L, Weir Group WEIR.L, Fresnillo FRES.L and Unite Group UTG.L will trade without entitlement to their latest dividend pay-oust on Thursday.

* FTSE: The UK's benchmark index FTSE 100 climbed on Wednesday, underpinned by industrial metal miners, while the pound strengthened on growing doubts over the prospect of early rate cuts by the Bank of England.




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Reporting by Prerna Bedi in Bengaluru


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