UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 21

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    April 21 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100  .FTSE  index is seen opening up 7 
points on Friday, according to financial bookmakers. 
     
    * DIAGEO: Alcoholic drinks giant Diageo  DGE.L  plans to cut roughly 100 
jobs in Scotland, at a time when Britain's workforce is facing uncertainty over 
the nation's impending exit from the European Union.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N1HS5OJ 
    * SHELL: Canada's federal government wants to delay the implementation of 
its new methane regulations by up to three years to 2020 and expects to fully 
implement it by 2023, CBC News reported on Thursday.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL3N1HT23A 
    * BP PLC: BP Plc  BP.L  is considering the sale of its stakes in three 
Canadian oil sands projects, people familiar with the matter told Reuters this 
week, as part of the British oil company's strategy of retreating from non-core 
businesses.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL1N1HS1KC 
    * RESTAURANT GROUP: Restaurant Group Plc  RTN.L  finance chief, Barry 
Nightingale, is set to leave the company after less than a year in the role, Sky 
News reported.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N1HS6R0 
    * GSK: GlaxoSmithKline  GSK.L  must pay $3 million to a woman who sued the 
drug company over the death of her husband, a lawyer who committed suicide after 
taking a generic version of the antidepressant Paxil, a U.S. jury said on 
Thursday.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL1N1HR1DT 
    * BANK OF ENGLAND: Bank of England Governor Mark Carney told bankers on 
Thursday that financial regulations devised after the 2008-09 crisis cannot be 
set in stone, and must be flexible enough to deal with unintended consequences 
and unexpected gaps.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N1HS5BG 
    * IMMIGRATION: British Prime Minister Theresa May plans to stick to her 
pledge to reduce annual net migration to below 100,000 a year, she said on 
Thursday, as her governing Conservatives put together their manifesto for a snap 
election in June.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N1HS5LK 
    * OIL: Oil traded steady on Friday, though it was set for its biggest weekly 
drop in about a month over doubts that an OPEC-led production cut will restore 
balance to a market that has been dogged by oversupply for more than two years. 
Brent crude futures LCOc1 were at $52.99 per barrel at 0323 GMT. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL3N1HT1NW 
     
    * The UK blue chip index closed 0.1 percent up, despite coming under 
pressure this week after British Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap 
general election, a move that sent sterling to a more than 6-month high. 
     
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets 
     
    * UK CORPORATE DIARY: 
     
 Sigma Capital Group PLC         SISGM.L   Full Year 2016 Sigma Capital 
                                           Group PLC Earnings Release 
 CityFibre Infrastructure        CITYC.L   Full Year 2016 CityFibre 
 Holdings PLC                              Infrastructure Holdings PLC 
                                           Earnings Release 
 Hurricane Energy PLC            HUR.L     Full Year 2016 Hurricane 
                                           Energy PLC Earnings Release 
 People's Operator PLC           TPOP.L    Full Year 2016 People's 
                                           Operator PLC Earnings Release 
 Invesco Perpetual UK Smaller    IPU.L     Full Year 2017 Invesco 
 Companies Investment Trust                Perpetual UK Smaller 
 PLC                                       Companies Investment Trust 
                                           PLC Earnings Release 
 Image Scan Holdings PLC         IMGE.L    Half Year 2017 Image Scan 
                                           Holdings PLC Earnings Release 
 Northbridge Industrial          NBI.L     Full Year 2016 Northbridge 
 Services PLC                              Industrial Services PLC 
                                           Earnings Release 
 Connect Group PLC               CNCTC.L   Half Year 2017 Connect Group 
                                           PLC Earnings Release 
 Blackrock Greater Europe        BRGE.L    Half Year 2017 Blackrock 
 Investment Trust PLC                      Greater Europe Investment 
                                           Trust PLC Earnings Release 
 Punch Taverns PLC               PUB.L     Half Year 2017 Punch Taverns 
                                           PLC Earnings Release 
 Chapel Down Group PLC          <CDGP.ISD  Full Year 2016 Chapel Down 
                                >          Group PLC Earnings Release 
 Georgian Mining Corp            GEOG.L    Full Year 2016 Noricum Gold 
                                           Ltd Earnings Release 
 Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC     RB.L      Q1 2017 Reckitt Benckiser 
                                           Group PLC Interim Management 
                                           Statement Release 
  
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