UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 22

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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 22
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March 22 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 22 points lower on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.

* BANK OF ENGLAND: Britain's central bank is likely to keep on course on Thursday for an interest rate rise in May which would take borrowing costs above their emergency levels for the first time since the financial crisis more than a decade ago.

RECKITT BENCKISER: British consumer goods maker Reckitt Benckiser Group RB.L said on Wednesday it had ended discussions with Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE ) PFE.N over buying its consumer healthcare business, a day before the U.S. drug company was expecting binding offers for the unit.

PETROFAC: Petrofac (LON: PFC ) Chief Executive Officer Ayman Asfari has acquired 10 million pounds ($14 million) of shares in the oilfield services company, a regulatory filing shows.

INTERSERVE: British construction and services company Interserve IRV.L said on Wednesday it reached an agreement in principle with its creditors which will secure its funding.

BRITAIN WAGE GROWTH: British workers' overall pay rose at the fastest pace in more than two years during the three months to January, bolstering the chances that the Bank of England will raise borrowing costs in May.

EX-DIVS: British American Tobacco BATS.L , Randgold Resources RRS.L , Schroders SDR.L , Segro SGRO.L and Sky SKYB.L will trade without entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming 6.02 points off the FTSE 100 according to Reuters calculations The UK blue chip index closed 0.3 percent lower at 7,038.97 on Wednesday.

* UK CORPORATE DIARY:

Safestyle UK Plc

SFES.L

Full Year 2017 Earnings

Release Allied Minds Plc

ALML.L

Full Year 2017 Earnings

Release Ted Baker Plc

TED.L

Full Year 2018 Earnings

Release Sopheon Plc

SPHN.L

Full Year 2017 Earnings

Release Halma Plc

HLMA.L

Trading Statement

Release SOCO

SIA.L

Full Year 2017 Earnings International Plc

Release Produce

PIL.L

Half Year 2018 Earnings Investments Plc

Release Genel Energy Plc

GENL.L

Full Year 2017 Earnings

Release Carnival Plc

CCL.L

Q1 2018 Earnings

Release IG Group Holdings IGG.L

Q3 2018 Trading Plc

Statement Release Lamprell Plc

LAM.L

Full Year 2017 Earnings

Release Secure Trust Bank STBS.L

Full Year 2017 Earnings Plc

Release

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