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UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Sept 17

(Adds futures, news items)

Sept 17 (Reuters) - Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening 34 points lower at 6,044 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures seen down 1% ahead of cash market open.

* PLAYTECH: Gambling software maker Playtech posted lower first-half profit, hit by store closures and sports events cancellations due to coronavirus-led curbs.

* IG GROUP: Online trading platform IG Group reported a surge in first-quarter revenue as the coronavirus crisis and fears of its impact on the global economy continued to drive up volatility and trading volumes on financial markets.

* NEXT: British clothing retailer Next raised its profit outlook for the second time in two months as it reported strong recent trading.

* 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.

* For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on:

TODAY’S UK PAPERS

> Financial Times

> Other business headlines (Reporting by Shanima A and Aakash Jagadeesh Babu in Bengaluru)

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