UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Feb 26

viernes 26 de febrero de 2016 03:50 GYT

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Feb 26 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 42 points, or 0.7 percent, on Friday, according to financial bookmakers. Futures were up 0.93 percent ahead of the cash market open. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* The UK blue-chip index closed 2.5 percent higher on Thursday as a rally in Lloyds and RSA following their results led gains by financial-services shares.

* RBS: State-backed Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) on Friday reported its eighth straight full-year loss of 1.97 billion pounds ($2.75 billion), as it continues to be weighed down by restructuring and litigation costs.

* BP: A former BP Plc supervisor was found not guilty by a New Orleans jury on Thursday of a single pollution charge stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon drilling disaster that killed 11 people.

* IAG: British Airways-owner International Airlines Group reported a 65 percent rise in annual profit, at the top end of guidance, and said for 2016 it expected further profit increases as it benefits from a lower crude price.

* PEARSON: Pearson Plc, the British education company struggling to find a strategy to cope with tough end-markets, reported operating profit of 723 million pounds ($1.01 billion) for 2015, 2 percent down on the year before.

* WILLIAM HILL: British bookmaker William Hill Plc announced a 200 million pound ($279.5 million) share buyback and hiked its full-year dividend, despite a fall in profit for the year.   Continuación...