UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Sept 29

Sept 29 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening higher with futures FFIc1 up 0.44% on Thursday.

* BP: BP Plc BP.L laid off most contractors at the 185,000 barrel per day Toledo, Ohio, refinery it owns with Cenovus Energy CVE.TO , indicating the plant will experience a prolonged shutdown following last week's explosion and fire.

* PENDRAGON: Hedin Mobility would be open to sell its stake in Pendragon PDG.L if a third party announces a firm offer of not less than 35 pence per share.

* BOE: The Bank of England sought to quell the fire-storm in Britain's bond markets, saying it would buy as much government debt as needed to restore order after new Prime Minister Liz Truss's tax cutting plans triggered financial chaos.

* CINEPLEX: Canadian cinema chain Cineplex CGX.TO has approached bankrupt rival Cineworld's CINE.L lenders for a potential merger with the British company's U.S. unit Regal Entertainment, WSJ reported.

* BONDS: British government bond prices soared after the Bank of England said it would buy long-dated bonds to bring calm to the market.

* SMMT: British car production rose for a fourth straight month in August, compared with a year earlier, although record input costs cast a shadow over the sectors' recovery, SMMT said.

* OIL: Oil prices retreated slightly after gaining more than $3 in the prior session.

* GOLD: Gold prices retreated, as prospects for more U.S. interest rate hikes and a subdued outlook for global economic growth bolstered the dollar.

* London's blue-chip FTSE index erased steep session losses to close higher on Wednesday, while the mid-cap index cut all of its bruising 3% plunge.



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Reporting by Anchal Rana in Bengaluru

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