May 30 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 2 points higher at 7,188 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.
* GOLD: Gold prices inched down on Thursday as bonds rallied and the dollar hovered near a two-year high, negating the support from an increasingly bitter Sino-U.S. trade dispute that rekindled doubts about global economic growth.
OIL: Oil prices rose on Thursday after an industry report showed a decline in U.S. crude inventories that exceeded analyst expectations.
EX-DIVS: Marks and Spencer MKS.L , National Grid NG.L , Sage Group SGE.L and Whitbread WTB.L will trade without entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming 5.38 points off the FTSE 100 according to Reuters calculations The UK blue chip index gave up 1.2% wobbled lower on Wednesday as signs of an escalation in the China-U.S. trade conflict, coupled with growing worries of a no-deal Brexit, hurt demand for risk.
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