UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 18

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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 18
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April 18 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is expected to open 20 points lower at 7,451 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.

* GLENCORE: Glencore Coal's chief development officer jeff Gerard was appointed to the top job at Glencore's GLEN.L unit Katanga Mining KAT.TO , less than two months after Glencore said it would limit annual coal production capacity to current levels. DOMINO'S: Investors of Domino's Pizza Group Plc DOM.L have urged the firm's chief to step down, according to an FT report. SHELL: Saudi Aramco plans to buy Royal Dutch Shell's RDSa.L 50 percent stake in Saudi refining complex SASREF, a joint venture between the firms, two sources said on Wednesday. OIL: Oil prices dropped on Thursday as the impact of plentiful U.S. production offset a surprise decline in U.S. inventories, leaving international benchmark Brent retreating from a five-month high touched in the previous session. GOLD: Gold fell to its lowest since December-end on Thursday as indications that the global economy might not be as troubled as previously feared prompted investors to take risks ahead of a slew of economic data. EX-DIVS: BAE Systems BAES.L and Reckitt Benckiser RB.L will trade without entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming 4.2 points off the FTSE 100 according to Reuters calculations. The UK blue chip index was off its six-month high on Wednesday as a fall in miners over Vale's plans to reopen a major Brazilian mine offset gains in banks after upbeat data from China. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: LIVE/

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Mi-Pay Group

MPAYM.L

Full Year Earnings Release Modern Water

MWG.L

Full Year Earnings Release Moneysupermarket.Com

MONY.L

Q1 Trading Statement Release Paragon Entertainment

PELP.L

Full Year Earnings Release Xeros Technology Group

XSG.L

Full Year Earnings Release Rentokil Initial

RTO.L

Q1 Trading Statement Release Christie Group

C3U.L

Half Year Earnings Release MHP SE

MHPCq.L

Q1 Pre-Close Trading Statement Unilever

ULVR.L

Q1 Trading Statement Release PZ Cussons

PZC.L

Trading Statement Release

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