UPDATE 2-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Feb 3

miércoles 3 de febrero de 2016 03:40 GYT

(Updates futures, adds company news item)

Feb 3 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 45-55 points, or 0.8-0.9 percent, on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures down 0.48 percent ahead of the cash market open. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on:

* The UK blue chip index closed 2.3 percent lower at 5,922.01 points on Tuesday, knocked down by a drop in BP after the oil major reported its biggest ever annual loss.

* ASTRAZENECA: AstraZeneca said its new lung cancer pill Tagrisso won early approval for use in the EU, three months after U.S. authorities gave it the green light, in a boost for the company.

* HARGREAVES LANSDOWN: British fund firm Hargreaves Lansdown said first-half assets under administration hit a fresh record high, boosted by strong new business inflows in spite of volatile stock markets.

* JOHNSON MATTHEY: Johnson Matthey reported a slight drop in third-quarter sales on Wednesday and said tough market conditions will limit its short-term growth opportunities.

* IAG: British Airways has mulled pulling most of its aircraft out of London City airport if a new owner raised airline charges to cover the hefty 2 billion pound price tag on the airport, the Financial Times reported.

* CLYDESDALE BANK: National Australia Bank Ltd on Wednesday announced the final price for the float of Clydesdale Bank Plc IPO-CLBP.L to institutional investors at 180 pence per share, saying this effectively concludes the demerger and IPO process.   Continuación...