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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 25


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April 25 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 6 points higher at 7,477 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.

* SHELL: The restart of the gasoline-producing unit at Royal Dutch Shell Plc's 218,200 barrel-per-day (bpd) Norco, Louisiana, refinery has been delayed between one and two weeks, said sources familiar with plant operations on Wednesday.

* OIL: Oil prices were torn on Thursday, supported by tightening sanctions against Iran announced this week and pressured by a surge in U.S. supply and concerns of an economic slowdown.

* GOLD: Gold prices edged up on Thursday as weak data from Germany and a dip in equities raised flags about the pace of global economic growth, while a firm dollar curbed further gains for the metal. *

* EX-DIVS: Antofagasta , Fresnillo , Glencore , Informa , Legal & General and Spirax-Sarco will trade without entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, taking 7.66 points off the FTSE 100, according to Reuters calculations

* The UK blue chip index lost 0.7 percent on Wednesday, its worst day in a month, as oil majors weakened amid signs that global markets remain adequately supplied.

* For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: LIVE/

* UK CORPORATE DIARY:

Meggitt

Trading Statement Release

RDI Reit

Half Year Earnings Release

Relx

Trading Statement Release

Barclays

Q1 Earnings Release

Taylor Wimpey

Trading Statement Release

Senior

Trading Statement Release

Kaz Minerals

Q1 Interim Management Statement Release

Acacia Mining

Q1 Earnings Release

Tullow Oil

Trading Statement Release

Synthomer

Q1 Trading Statement Release

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