UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug 17

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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug 17
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Aug 17 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening down 16 points at 7,416.9 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.

* CENTRICA: The Energy & Utilities Alliance, a group of energy companies, is pressing a Parliamentary inquiry into the consequences of the closure of Centrica Plc's CNA.L Rough storage site off the Yorkshire coast, Financial Times reported on Thursday. (http://on.ft.com/2wR3YAF)

* METALS: A broad-based rally in metals extended on Thursday to new multi-year peaks for London aluminium, copper and zinc, on expectations that China's reform of its metals industry will curb supply against a background of robust demand. IRON-ORE: Chinese steel futures jumped more than 2 percent on Thursday to end a four-day losing streak amid a firm outlook for demand in the world's top consumer, fuelling a rally in steelmaking raw materials iron-ore and coking coal. GOLD: Gold rose on Thursday as the dollar remained subdued after minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve's July meeting hinted at a delay in further rate hikes, while palladium hit a fresh 16-year high. EX-DIVS: Ashtead Group AHT.L , British American Tobacco BATS.L , Imperial Brands IMB.L , Legal & General LGEN.L , Merlin MERL.L , Pearson PSON.L , Reckitt Benckiser RB.L , Schroders SDR.L , Segro SGRO.L will trade without entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming 9.64 points off the FTSE 100 according to Reuters calculations. The UK blue chip index closed 0.7 percent higher at 7,433.03 on Wednesday, boosted by gains among mining firms, though car insurer Admiral Group (LON: ADML ) plummeted after reporting half-year results.

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