UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 17



March 17 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index .FTSE is seen opening higher on Thursday, with futures FFIc1 inching up 0.1%.

* LSE: Cryptocurrency exchanges are risking long-term damage to their industry for remaining in Russia as Western governments seek to isolate Moscow, the head of the London Stock Exchange Group LSEG.L said on Wednesday, calling it a "watershed moment."

* RATES: The Bank of England looks set to press on with raising interest rates on Thursday as it tries to stop soaring inflation from becoming engrained in the British economy.

* OIL CRISIS: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson held talks about energy security on Wednesday with the de facto leaders of Gulf oil exporters Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates but secured no public pledge to ramp up production.

* LEGAL: Britain said on Thursday it was planning action to prevent the rich and powerful from abusing its court system to silence journalists and campaigners as part of measures to target Russian oligarchs and other corrupt elites.

* TECH: Britain's government said on Wednesday that executives at social media companies such as Facebook would face up to two years in jail if they provide inaccurate information to regulators' official inquiries.

* OIL: Oil prices climbed after the International Energy Agency (IEA) said markets could lose three million barrels per day (bpd) of Russian crude and refined products from April.

* GOLD: Gold prices were flat, hovering near a three-week low touched in the previous session, after the U.S. Federal Reserve's interest rate hike lifted Treasury yields and as the Russia-Ukraine peace talks also capped bullion's appeal.

* METALS: Aluminium prices rose, supported by hopes of more stimulus measures in top metals consumer China that helped soothe fears over a fresh outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.

* FTSE 100: London's FTSE 100 rose to near two-week highs on Wednesday as prospects of peace talks between Russia and Ukraine and Chinese stimulus lifted investor sentiment globally, while investors awaited the U.S. Federal Reserve's policy decision due later in the day.

* UK CORPORATE DIARY:

CINEWORLD

CINE.L

FY results DELIVEROO

ROO.L

FY results CERES POWER HOLDINGS

CWR.L

FY results HELIOS TOWERS

HTWS.L

FY results HARBOUR ENERGY

HBR.L

FY results OCADO GROUP

OCDO.L

Q1 trading update MARSHALLS PLC

MSLH.L

FY results

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Reporting by Aby Jose Koilparambil in Bengaluru

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