April 25 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 6 points higher at 7,477 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.
* SHELL: The restart of the gasoline-producing unit at Royal Dutch Shell Plc's RDSa.L 218,200 barrel-per-day (bpd) Norco, Louisiana, refinery has been delayed between one and two weeks, said sources familiar with plant operations on Wednesday. SAINSBURY'S: Sainsbury's SBRY.L and Asda, the British arm of U.S. retailer Walmart (NYSE: WMT ) WMT.N , are "very unlikely" to appeal against the verdict of Britain's regulator on their proposed merger, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday. OIL: Oil prices were torn on Thursday, supported by tightening sanctions against Iran announced this week and pressured by a surge in U.S. supply and concerns of an economic slowdown. GOLD: Gold prices edged up on Thursday as weak data from Germany and a dip in equities raised flags about the pace of global economic growth, while a firm dollar curbed further gains for the metal. EX-DIVS: Antofagasta ANTO.L , Fresnillo FRES.L , Glencore GLEN.L , Informa INF.L , Legal & General LGEN.L and Spirax-Sarco SPX.L will trade without entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, taking 7.66 points off the FTSE 100, according to Reuters calculations The UK blue chip index lost 0.7 percent on Wednesday, its worst day in a month, as oil majors weakened amid signs that global markets remain adequately supplied. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: LIVE/
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