UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Feb 2

martes 2 de febrero de 2016 03:41 GYT

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Feb 2 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening about 36 points lower, or down 0.6 percent on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures down 0.4 percent ahead of the cash market open. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on:

* The UK bluechip index closed 0.4 percent lower at 6,060.10 points on Monday, with commodity shares falling sharply after a factory survey in China, a major consumer of metals and oils in the world, disappointed investors.

* BP: BP on Tuesday reported an annual loss of $6.5 billion in 2015, its worst in at least 20 years as the British oil and gas company struggled with a sharp downturn in the oil market.

* Sainsbury's: Britain's second-biggest supermarket said on Tuesday it had agreed a 1.3 billion pound ($1.87 billion) deal to buy Argos-owner Home Retail in cash and shares.

* BHP BILLITON: Standard & Poor's cut BHP Billiton Ltd's credit rating and warned it might be lowered further if measures to shore up cash levels were not taken, cementing expectations the world's largest miner will slash its dividend for the first time in 15 years.

* OCADO: British online grocer Ocado met forecasts with a 13.8 percent rise in full-year core earnings and said it expected to sign multiple overseas deals in the medium term.

* TALKTALK: Britain's TalkTalk Telecom Group said on Tuesday it had lost 101,000 customers in its third quarter after it suffered a high-profile cyber attack in October.   Continuación...