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.


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