UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 19

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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 19
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March 19 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening down 191 points on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.

* BRITISH OIL & GAS: Britain's oil and gas sector needs financial help to survive, industry body OGUK said, as the oil price crash triggered by the coronavirus and a Saudi-Russian price war means they may be unable to keep producing hydrocarbons in the North Sea. SYNAIRGEN: British pharmaceutical company Synairgen SYNG.L said on Wednesday it had the go-ahead to test a drug that could boost the lung function of patients with coronavirus, potentially assisting in the global fight against the pandemic. IRISH BANKS: Ireland's five retail banks agreed to implement a loan repayment break of up to three months for those affected by the spread of coronavirus as the central bank on Wednesday cut the amount of capital lenders must set aside as extra protection. ROYAL DUTCH SHELL: Royal Dutch Shell Plc RDSA.L will temporarily suspend construction activities on a multi-billion dollar ethane cracker being constructed along the Ohio River in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, amid concerns about coronavirus spreading, the company said in a statement late Wednesday. GOLD: Gold prices fell more than 1% on Thursday in volatile trade, as investors sought to hoard cash in unstable market conditions despite additional measures from the European Central Bank to deal with the economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak. OIL: Oil prices rose on Thursday but pared early gains as investors tried to assess how effective massive stimulus by central banks will be in shoring up the global economy as the shock from the coronavirus pandemic deepens. The UK blue-chip index .FTSE closed down 4% on Wednesday as more companies warned of a severe hit to earnings from the coronavirus outbreak even as policymakers pushed for fresh stimulus measures to support global growth. UK CORPORATE DIARY:

Portmeirion

PMGR.L

Full Year 2019 Portmeirion Group Group PLC

PLC Earnings Release NMC Health

NMC.L

Q4 2019 NMC Health PLC Earnings PLC

Release Everyman

EMANE.L

Full Year 2020 Everyman Media Group Media Group

PLC Earnings Release PLC

Safestyle UK

SFES.L

Full Year 2019 Safestyle UK PLC PLC

Earnings Release Hurricane

HUR.L

Full Year 2019 Hurricane Energy PLC Energy PLC

Earnings Release GYM Group PLC GYM.L

Full Year 2019 GYM Group PLC

Earnings Release LoopUp Group

LOOP.L

Full Year 2019 LoopUp Group PLC PLC

Earnings Release Energean Oil

ENOG.L

Full Year 2019 Energean Oil & Gas & Gas PLC

PLC Earnings Release Tclarke PLC

CTO.L

Full Year 2019 T Clarke PLC

Earnings Release PV Crystalox

PVCS.L

Full Year 2019 PV Crystalox Solar Solar PLC

PLC Earnings Release Genel Energy

GENL.L

Full Year 2019 Genel Energy PLC PLC

Earnings Release OneSavings

OSBO.L

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Earnings Release Next PLC

NXT.L

Full Year 2019 Next PLC Earnings

Release IG Group

IGG.L

Q3 2020 IG Group Holdings PLC Holdings PLC

Trading Statement Release Ocado Group

OCDO.L

Q1 2020 Ocado Group PLC Trading PLC

Statement Release Halma PLC

HLMA.L

Full Year 2020 Halma PLC Trading

Statement Release Sopheon

SPHN.L

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