UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 8


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    April 8 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100  .FTSE  index is seen
opening 23 points higher at 6,909 points on Thursday, according
to financial bookmakers.
    * ASTRAZENECA: European Union health ministers failed on
Wednesday to agree a common guidance on the use of the
AstraZeneca  AZN.L  COVID-19 vaccine, despite calls for
coordination across member states to combat public hesitancy
over taking the shot.*:nL1N2M01D7
    * ASTRAZENECA: Mexican and Brazilian health regulators said
on Wednesday they would not limit the use of AstraZeneca's
 AZN.L  COVID-19 shot after Britain's vaccine advisory committee
recommended not using it for people under 30, citing rare blood
clot risks.*:nL1N2M030P
    * ASTRAZENECA: Spain will only give AstraZeneca's
coronavirus vaccine to people over 60 years old after European
and British regulators found a potential link between the shot
and rare brain blood clots.*:nL1N2M01PY
    *OIL: Oil prices fell after official figures showed a big
increase in U.S. gasoline stocks, causing concerns about demand
for crude weakening in the world's biggest consumer of the
resource at a time when supplies around the world are rising.*:nL4N2M10HQ
    * HIRING: British companies sharply stepped up hiring and
offered higher pay to new staff last month as they grew more
confident about economic recovery and prepared for COVID-19
restrictions to ease, a recruiters body said on Thursday.*:nL8N2M033M
    * GOLD: Gold prices slipped as investors turned to riskier
assets after the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest meeting minutes
indicated continued policy support and cemented hopes of a quick
economic turnaround.*:nL4N2M10CZ
    * The UK blue-chip index  .FTSE  ended higher on Wednesday,
led by gains in commodity stocks and a weaker pound lifted
 Dunelm               DNLM.L     Trading Statement
 Ferrexpo             FXPO.L     Trading Statement
 OSB Group            OSBO.L     FY Results
 Hyve Group           HYVE.L     H1 Trading
 Johnson Matthey      JMAT.L     FY Trading
 ASOS                 ASOS.L     HY Results
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 (Reporting by Jasmine I S in Bengaluru)

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