UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 29



Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 15 points higher at 6,979 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.

* WH SMITH PLC: UK's WH Smith Plc SMWH.L on Wednesday warned of the possible risk of breaching its covenant tests in 2022 after it slumped to a first-half loss and launched a potential 325 million-pound ($450 million) bonds offering as the retailer navigates the COVID-19 crisis.

* LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE GROUP: The London Stock Exchange Group LSEG.L said on Wednesday its forecast for expenditure following its $27 billion acquisition of data and analytics company Refintiv remains unchanged.

* ASTRAZENECA: Argentina's government said on Wednesday it had met with representatives of drugmaker AstraZeneca Plc AZN.L to ask about "difficulties" in the production of its COVID-19 vaccine and supply to the country.

* OIL: Oil prices extended gains after rising 1% the previous session, as bullish forecasts on recovering demand this summer outweighed concerns about the impact of rising COVID-19 cases in India, Japan and Brazil.

* London's FTSE 100 climbed on Wednesday, lifted by energy shares and a slew of upbeat earnings updates from companies including Lloyds Banking Group and WPP as investors awaited the U.S. Federal Reserve's policy statement.

* UK CORPORATE DIARY:

SMDS.L

DS Smith

Trading update RDSA.L

Shell

Q1 results NWG.L

Natwest

Q1 results INDV.L

Indivior

Q1 results EVR.L

Evraz

Trading update FLTRF.L Flutter

Trading update INCH.L

Inchape

Trading update LRE.L

Lanchashire

Trading update MGGT.L

Meggit

Trading update SDR.L

Schroders

Trading update SN.L

Smith & Nephew Trading update BATS.L

BATS

AGM statement ULVR.L

Unilever

Trading update

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Reporting by Indranil Sarkar in Bengaluru

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