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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Sept 29

          Sept 29 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is
seen opening higher with futures up 0.44% on Thursday.
    * BP: BP Plc laid off most contractors at the 185,000
barrel per day Toledo, Ohio, refinery it owns with Cenovus
Energy (CVE), indicating the plant will experience a
prolonged shutdown following last week's explosion and
fire.
    * PENDRAGON: Hedin Mobility would be open to sell its stake
in Pendragon if a third party announces a firm offer of
not less than 35 pence per share.
    * BOE: The Bank of England sought to quell the fire-storm in
Britain's bond markets, saying it would buy as much government
debt as needed to restore order after new Prime Minister Liz
Truss's tax cutting plans triggered financial chaos.
    * CINEPLEX: Canadian cinema chain Cineplex has
approached bankrupt rival Cineworld's (CNWGQ) lenders for a
potential merger with the British company's U.S. unit Regal
Entertainment, WSJ reported.
    * BONDS: British government bond prices soared after the
Bank of England said it would buy long-dated bonds to bring calm
to the market.
    * SMMT: British car production rose for a fourth straight
month in August, compared with a year earlier, although record
input costs cast a shadow over the sectors' recovery, SMMT
said.
    * OIL: Oil prices retreated slightly after gaining more than
$3 in the prior session.
    * GOLD: Gold prices retreated, as prospects for more U.S.
interest rate hikes and a subdued outlook for global economic
growth bolstered the dollar.
    * London's blue-chip FTSE index erased steep session losses
to close higher on Wednesday, while the mid-cap index cut all of
its bruising 3% plunge.
    * UK CORPORATE DIARY:
 Next PLC (NXGPF)                HY Results

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 (Reporting by Anchal Rana in Bengaluru)
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