UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 7

    March 7 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 is seen opening 34 points
lower at 7,162 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.
    * IAG: British Airways owner IAG is unlikely to renew its interest
in Norwegian Air after ruling out a new bid for the Scandinavian
carrier earlier in the year, but "never say never", IAG Chief Executive Willie
Walsh said on Wednesday.
    * GOLD: Gold prices steadied on Thursday as lacklustre appetite for riskier
assets offered some support to the safe-haven metal, while firm dollar limited
gains ahead of European Central Bank's (ECB) policy meeting due later in the
    * OIL: Oil edged up on Thursday amid ongoing OPEC-led supply cuts and U.S.
sanctions against exporters Venezuela and Iran, although prices were prevented
from rising further by record U.S. crude output and rising commercial fuel
    * EX-DIVS: BHP Group,Evraz Group,Persimmon,Rio
Tinto,RSA Insurance Group and Standard Chartered will
trade without entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming
21.7 points off the FTSE 100, according to Reuters calculations
    * The UK blue chip index closed 0.17 percent up at 7196.00 on Wednesday as
tobacco stocks gained on U.S. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb's departure and DS
Smith rose after selling its plastics division, while Legal & General slipped
after results.
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 (Reporting by Adil Bhat in Bengaluru)