UK Stocks-Factors to watch on May 16

    May 16 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is expected to open 32
points lower at 7,265 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.
    * NON-STANDARD FINANCE: Non-Standard Finance Plc on Wednesday
ploughed ahead with its 1.3 billion pound hostile takeover of Provident
Financial, even though the subprime lender failed to win the backing of
some of its larger rival's investors.
    * ITV: British broadcaster ITV has cancelled "The Jeremy Kyle Show",
a tabloid talkshow that features confrontations between guests over issues like
infidelity, betrayal and addiction, after a participant died following a
recording of the programme. 
    * OIL: Oil prices edged up on Thursday to extend gains into a third straight
session, as tensions in the Middle East stoked fears of potential disruptions to
    * GOLD: Gold prices marked time on Thursday as an uptick in equities offset
support from doubts over trade talks between the United States and
    * EX-DIVS: GlaxoSmithKline, HSBC Holdings, Intertek Group
, RDS 'A, RDS 'B, Tesco will trade without
entitlement to their latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming 23.6 points
off the FTSE 100 according to Reuters calculations.
    * The UK blue chip index closed 0.76% higher at 7241.60 on Wednesday as
hopes that the United States' trade tensions with China and Europe will
dissipate, combined with a weaker pound, lifted Britain's main index higher, as
a slew of earnings reports also drove share moves.
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 (Reporting by Shashwat Awasthi in Bengaluru)