November 9, 2017 / 5:45 AM / a year ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Nov 9

    Nov 9 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 2 points
higher at 7,531.4 on Friday, according to financial bookmakers.        

    * BGEO GROUP: Georgia's BGEO Group Plc, which is planning to split
its banking and investment businesses, reported a 20.3 percent fall in
third-quarter profits on Wednesday.
    * BOE: Banks might start to activate contingency plans and possibly move
business away from Britain if there is no clarity on the UK departure from the
European Union by next Spring, Bank of England policymaker Ian McCafferty said
on Wednesday.
    * BRITAIN HOUSEPRICES: House prices in Britain are no longer rising and are
falling in London at their fastest pace since 2009, the Royal Institution of
Chartered Surveyors said on Thursday, citing political worries and last week's
Bank of England interest rate hike.
    * GOLD: Gold prices held largely steady on Thursday after marking a near
three-week high in the previous session, while palladium remained close to a
more than 16-year peak touched on Wednesday.
    * OIL: Oil prices held steady on Thursday after falling late in the previous
session, supported by ongoing supply cuts led by OPEC and Russia.
    * EX-DIVS: BP, GlaxoSmithKline and Whitbread will
trade without entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming
9.48 points off the FTSE 100 according to Reuters calculations.
    * The UK blue chip index FTSE 100 Index rose 0.2 percent and closed
at 7,529.72 points on Thursday, supported by gains among heavyweight consumer
and commodity stocks, while housebuilders were dragged lower by a disappointing
update from Persimmon.
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets
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