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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 29
Published at 29/04/2021 at 06:16

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

* WH SMITH PLC: UK's WH Smith Plc 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 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 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)

((Indranil.Sarkar@thomsonreuters.com; Mobile: +91 7022132226;))