May 10, 2018 / 5:35 AM / a year ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on May 10

    May 10 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen adding 0.2
percent on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.     
    * Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc's Chief Operating Officer Simon Kirby will
leave the company in June as the British manufacturer looks to streamline its
    * Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc said on Wednesday it had agreed
to pay $4.9 billion to resolve a U.S. Department of Justice probe into its
structuring and sale of mortgage-backed securities ahead of the 2008 financial
    * Gold prices steadied on Thursday as the dollar held firm near its 2018
peak on strong U.S. bond yields, with investors also keeping an eye out for any
further impact from U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of a
nuclear deal with Iran.
    * Oil prices clocked up more multi-year highs on Thursday as traders
adjusted to the prospects of renewed U.S. sanctions against major crude exporter
Iran amid an already tightening market.
    * EX-DIVS: Admiral Group, BP, Centrica,
GlaxoSmithKline,  Royal Dutch Shell, Sage Group will
trade without entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming
22.9 points off the FTSE 100 according to Reuters calculations 
    * The UK blue chip index closed 1.3 percent higher at 7662.52 on Wednesday,
driven up by oil stocks, which rose after the U.S. decision to pull out of the
Iran nuclear deal sent crude prices soaring.
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets
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 (Reporting by Sangameswaran S in Bengaluru)
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