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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Sept 17

    Sept 17 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 34
points lower at 6,044 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.
    
    * ASTRAZENECA: The adverse events that led to a pause in trials evaluating
AstraZeneca Plc's AZN.L COVID-19 vaccine candidate may not have been associated
with the vaccine itself, according to a document outlining participant
information that was posted online by the Oxford University.
    * BOE: The Bank of England is expected to signal on Thursday that it is
getting ready to pump yet more stimulus into Britain's economy as it heads for a
jump in unemployment and a possible Brexit shock.
    * ROLLS-ROYCE: Britain's Rolls-Royce said on Wednesday it continued
to review funding options, including debt and equity, to boost its balance
sheet.
    * NATWEST: NatWest said late on Wednesday that its digital banking
services were back up after experiencing an outage.
    * GOLD: Gold prices fell more than 1%, as the dollar climbed after the U.S.
Federal Reserve painted a favourable economic recovery picture but stopped short
of offering concrete signals on further stimulus.
    * OIL: Oil prices fell, after rising in the two previous sessions, as
concerns about weak fuel demand re-emerged after production platforms in the
southeastern United States took steps to resume output following Hurricane
Sally's passage.
    * EX-DIVS: Intertek Group will trade without entitlement to its
latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming 0.2 points off the FTSE 100
according to Reuters calculations.
    * London-listed stocks slipped on Wednesday as the fraught trade talks
between Britain and the European Union remained in focus.
    
    * UK CORPORATE DIARY:    
 Clinigen Group                      FY results
 Next Plc                            HY results
 Spire Healthcare                    HY results
 IG Group                            Q1 trading update
 Kier Group                          FY results
 Hilton Food Group                   HY results
 Playtech                            HY results
 
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on:
    
    TODAY'S UK PAPERS
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 (Reporting by Shanima A in Bengaluru)
  
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