UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Oct 8

Oct 8 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 4 points higher on Friday, with futures .FFIc1 marginally down 0.05%.

* Royal Mail: Royal Mail Plc's RMG.L ground-based parcel network GLS will buy Canada's Rosenau Transport for C$360 million ($286.8 million), the British postal company said, as it looks to expand its freight carrier services.

* Eurowag: Czech trucking services firm Eurowag WPS.L on Friday priced its initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange below its previously stated price range.

* WEIR GROUP: Engineering firm Weir Group WEIR.L said it was the target of an attempted ransomware attack in the second half of September, which impacted third-quarter profit.

* GOLD: Gold prices edged higher on Friday but were stuck in a narrow range, as investors sought more direction from the U.S. non-farm payrolls report, considered key to the U.S. Federal Reserve's stimulus taper schedule.

* OIL: Oil prices rose on Friday, tracking towards a 4.5% gain for the week on signs some industries have begun switching fuel from high-priced gas to oil and on doubts the U.S. government would release oil from its strategic reserves for now.

* London's FTSE 100 recorded its best day in over two weeks on Thursday, led by gains in heavyweight mining and bank stocks, while Workspace Group surged as demand for its office spaces recovered.

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(Reporting By Geetha Panchaksharam)

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