UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 25


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/



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