UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 15

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    March 15 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100  .FTSE  is seen opening 15 points
higher at 7,200 on Friday, according to financial bookmakers.
    * Lloyds: A long-awaited probe into what Lloyds Banking Group  LLOY.L 
executives knew about one of Britain's worst-ever banking frauds is now not
likely to be completed until next year, a source with knowledge of the review
said. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N21160N
    * Aston Martin: The total remuneration for the boss of luxury carmaker Aston
Martin  AML.L  stood at 3 million pounds ($4 million) in 2018, according to the
firm's annual report. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N2105O1
    * DEBENHAMS: Debenhams  DEB.L  will consider a 150 million pound ($199
million) loan offer from dissident shareholder Sports Direct  SPD.L , it said on
Thursday while indicating that Mike Ashley's latest push for control of the
struggling British department store group is unlikely to fly. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N2112EP
    * GOLD: Gold prices edged down on Friday after slipping below the key $1,300
level in the previous session, pressured by improving appetite for risk as
British lawmakers voted to seek a delay to the country's exit from the European
Union. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL3N2120DE
    * OIL: Oil prices were firm on Friday amid production cuts led by OPEC and
as U.S. sanctions against Venezuela and Iran likely created a slight deficit in
global supply in the first quarter of 2019. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL3N212062
    * The UK blue chip index closed 0.37 percent higher at 7185.43 on Thursday
as financials cheered British lawmakers' rejection of a disruptive no-deal
Brexit and oil majors rose on higher crude prices, but mid-cap retirement
services specialist Just Group slumped on plans to raise funds. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N2112L8
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    * UK CORPORATE DIARY:
   
 JD Wetherspoon      JDW.L     Half year Result
 Sthree              STHR.L    Q1 results
 Restaurant Group    RTN.L     Full year result
 
        
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