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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 30
Published at 30/04/2021 at 06:06

Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 13 points lower at 6,949 on Friday, according to financial bookmakers.

* ASTRAZENECA: Denmark's top health official said on Thursday "the only ethical, correct decision" for some countries facing COVID-19 crises is to continue giving AstraZeneca's vaccine, though his nation halted use over very rare clotting concerns.

* WPP: WPP , the world's biggest advertising company, launched into open conflict with its founder Martin Sorrell on Thursday, refusing to pay share awards and accusing him of leaking client information to the media.

* OIL: Oil prices slipped, taking a breather after touching their highest in six weeks as economic recovery and bullish summer fuel demand outlook outweighed concerns of wider lockdowns in India and Brazil to curb COVID-19 pandemic.

* London's FTSE 100 closed flat on Thursday after hitting a one-week high hours earlier as a wave of positive corporate earnings from companies including Standard Chartered and Unilever helped the blue-chip index outperform its European peers.

* UK CORPORATE DIARY:

BARC.L Barclays Q1 results

SKG.I Smurfit Kappa Trading update

UPGS.L UP Global Sourcing HY results

HIK.L Hikma Trading update

AZN.L AstraZeneca Q1 results

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(Reporting by Indranil Sarkar in Bengaluru; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi)

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