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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 15

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April 15 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 futures FFIc1 were up 0.20 percentat 7,385.0 points ahead of the cash market open.

* Kier Group Plc: British builder Kier GroupKIE.L said on Monday that itsnewly appointed top boss would review the business as it strives to cut debt andrespond to problems afflicting the wider outsourcing industry.

* Barclays Plc: Activist Edward Bramson on Monday made a fresh plea forBarclays' BARC.L investors to give him a seat on the bank's board, as the warof words between his fund and the lender's management ratchets up.

* Robert Walters Plc: British recruiter Robert Walters PlcRWA.L on Mondayreported a rise in first-quarter profit, boosted by strong hiring in AsiaPacific and Europe, but said its performance in France was hit by a turbulentpolitical backdrop.

* IWG Plc: British serviced office space provider IWG PlcIWG.L said onMonday it would sell its Japanese operations to TKP Corp for 320 million pounds($418.82 million) as part of a strategic partnership.

* Petra Diamonds Ltd: Miner Petra Diamonds LtdPDL.L on Monday reported a6.9 percent fall in third-quarter production at 924,228 carats, reflecting loweroutput at its Finsch mine.

* Brewin Dolphin Holdings Plc: British wealth manager Brewin DolphinHoldings PlcBRW.L said on Sunday it was in talks to acquire Investec Plc'sINVP.L wealth management business in Ireland.

* Non-Standard Finance (NSF): British sub-prime lender Non-Standard Finance(NSF) NSF.L has identified errors related to its past dividends and buybacks,it said on Friday, adding that this would not affect its bid to buy larger rivalProvident Financial PlcPFG.L .

* GOLD: Gold prices fell to a more than one-week low on Monday, asstronger-than-expected data from China and a robust start to the U.S. earningsseason soothed concerns about a global economic slowdown, denting the appeal ofbullion.

* OIL: Oil prices edged lower on Monday after international benchmark Brenthit a fresh five-month high in the previous session, but concerns over globalsupplies kept prices well supported.

* The UK blue chip index closed 0.3 percent higher on Friday, as gains infinancial stocks and miners, following promising data from China and positiveU.S. bank earnings, boosted the index.

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