UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 18
March 18 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 30 points higher at 6,793 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.
* OSB GROUP: OSB Group OSBO.L said on Wednesday it had "very recently become aware of potential fraudulent activity" involving a third party it provides funding lines to and had hired forensic experts Smith & Williamson to investigate. VODAFONE: Vodafone VOD.L has priced shares in infrastructure unit Vantage Towers VTWRn.DE at 24 euros each, valuing the firm at 12.1 billion euros, Vantage Towers said. ASTRAZENECA: AstraZeneca AZN.L said its scheduled deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines to Britain are unaffected and supply chain in the country is not experiencing disruption, after Britain said vaccine supplies would dip at the end of March. COVID-19: Britain's supply of coronavirus vaccines is "lumpy", health minister Matt Hancock said on Wednesday after a letter warned there would be a significant reduction in the amount of vaccine available from March 29. GOLD: Gold prices rose after the U.S. Federal Reserve reaffirmed its stance to keep interest rate near zero until 2023. OIL: Oil prices dropped after official data showed a sustained rise in U.S. crude and fuel inventories. The UK blue-chip index .FTSE closed 0.6% lower on Wednesday as investors awaited the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest policy statement for clues about the central bank's stance on interest rates and inflation. UK CORPORATE DIARY:
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