UK Stocks-Factors to watch on June 17



June 17 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 27 points lower at 7,158 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers, while futures FFIc1 were down 0.60%.

* WHITBREAD: Whitbread WTB.L reported strong forward booking trends in tourist locations throughout the summer.

* HALFORDS: Halfords Group HFD.L reinstated dividend and reported a 72% jump in profit.

* WISE: Wise said it will go public in London in what will be the first direct listing of a technology company on the London Stock Exchange.

* DR. MARTENS: Dr. Martens reported a 22% rise in annual core earnings with online sales helping to soften the hit from pandemic-related store closures.

* SHELL: Shell RDSa.L has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Singapore state firm JTC Corp

to explore developing a solar farm on part of a landfill in southern Singapore, the companies said.

* RYANAIR: Ryanair Holdings RYA.I and the owner of three major English airports said on Wednesday they would sue the UK government over the 'traffic light' system it has put in place for international travel.

* BHP: BHP Group BHP.AX expects to present its board with a decision on whether to proceed with its Jansen potash project in Canada in a few months' time, rather than mid-year, after choosing between two port options, an executive said.

* British companies have returned more than 1 billion pounds of furlough cash as investors press management to repay taxpayer funds taken during the pandemic before paying big bonuses, the Financial Times said.

* GOLD: Gold prices rose as investors took advantage of a sharp fall in the previous session to buy the metal after the U.S. Federal Reserve signalled it might raise interest rates sooner than expected.

* OIL: Crude oil prices fell as the U.S. dollar strengthened after the Fed signalled it might raise interest rates faster than expected.

* The UK blue-chip index .FTSE closed 0.2% higher on Wednesday, helped by gains in industrial and defensive stocks, while data showed inflation jumped past the central bank's target as Britain emerges from a third national lockdown.

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Reporting by Priyanshi Mandhan in Bengaluru

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