UK Stocks — Factors to watch on April 22

LONDON, April 21 (BestGrowthStock) – Britain’s FTSE 100 (.FTSE: ) is
seen falling 10 points on Thursday, mirroring weakness in Asia as disappointing
profit outlooks in the U.S. and anxiety about Greece’s debt crisis prompted
renewed investor jitters.

The blue-chip index is seen falling 0.2 percent, adding to a 1 percent fall
on Wednesday which saw it close at 5,723.43.

Disappointing outlooks from healthcare companies offset strong earnings
from Morgan Stanley (MS.N: ) (Read more about the money market today. ) and Apple Inc (Read more about Apple stock future.) (AAPL.O: ), leaving Wall Street indexes
little changed on Wednesday. [.N]

The MSCI index of Asia-Pacific stocks outside Japan (.MIAPJ0000PUS: ) shed 0.8
percent, led by a decline in raw materials stocks (.MIAPJMT00PUS: ), while Japan’s
Nikkei (.N225: ) fell 1.2 percent with microchip-related stocks giving up gains
made the previous day.

In Britain investors will watch money supply, public borrowing and retail
sales data for March, all due at 0830 GMT to get more guidance on the health of
the UK’s fiscal and consumer health ahead of a closely fought election to be
held on May 6.

* US STOCKS-Market flat on healthcare drag; Qualcomm [ID:nN21224663]

* Oil falls towards $83 after U.S. inventories soar [ID:nSGE63L033]

* METALS-Copper flat; nervous about China oversupply [ID:nSGE63L05P]

* PRECIOUS-Gold steady, PGM off multi-mth high as stocks dip [ID:nTOE63L02P]

* Euro slips, yen gains as Greek woes again check risk [ID:nTOE63L018]

* GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks fall, euro dips on Greeece [ID:nSGE63L01F]

UK stocks to watch on Thursday are:

ANGLO AMERICAN (AAL.L: )

The miner releases its Q1 trading update

BLUEBAY ASSET MANAGEMENT (BBAY.L: )

The asset manager releases a trading update.

PERSIMMON PLC (PSN.L: )

The housebuilder releases a trading update

PUNCH TAVERNS (PUB.L: )

The pub group releases its first half results.

RANK GROUP PLC (RNK.L: )

The company releases a trading update.

WH SMITH PLC (SMWH.L: )

The company releases its first half results.

SMITHS NEWS (SNWS.L: )

The company releases its first half results.

TODAY’S UK PAPERS

> Financial Times [PRESS/FT]

> Other business headlines [PRESS/GB]
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(Editing by Hans Peters)

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