UK Stocks-Factors to watch on May 26



May 26 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index .FTSE is seen opening lower on Thursday, with futures FFIc1 down 0.2%.

* SHELL: A British regulator is expected to approve in the coming days a revised plan by Shell SHEL.L to develop a North Sea gas field, which had been initially rejected on environmental grounds, three sources told Reuters.

* JD SPORTS: Britain's biggest sportswear retailer, JD Sports Fashion JD.L , ousted longstanding executive chairman Peter Cowgill, saying its internal governance and controls had not kept pace with the firm's growth.

* ECONOMY: Britain's car production fell 11% in April due to persistent chip shortages and supply chain issues, made worse by the Ukraine crisis, the UK auto trade association said on Thursday.

* GOLD: Gold prices edged lower as Treasury yields gained, after the appeal of bullion was somewhat restored by minutes of a U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting that showed the central bank was unlikely to get more aggressive on interest rate hikes.

* OIL: Oil prices rose, extending a cautious rally this week on signs of tight supply while the European Union (EU) wrangles with Hungary over plans to ban imports from Russia, the world's second-largest crude exporter, after it invaded Ukraine.

* UK stocks rose on Wednesday as investors' mood steadied after a bruising previous session, while pet supplies retailer Pets at Home topped midcap stocks after posting upbeat corporate earnings.

* UK CORPORATE DIARY: Johnson Matthey PLC

JMAT.L

FY results

United Utilities Group

UU.L

FY results

PLC

PayPoint Plc

PAYP.L

FY results

Auto Trader Group PLC

AUTOA.L

FY results

Impax Asset Management

IPX.L

HY results

Intermediate Capital

ICP.L

FY results

Group

AJ Bell

AJBA.L

HY results

Londonmetric Properties

LMPL.L

HY results

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Reporting by Muhammed Husain in Bengaluru

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