UPDATE 2-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 15

martes 15 de marzo de 2016 03:47 GYT

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March 15 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 24 to 26 points lower, or down as much as 0.4 percent, on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures down 0.6 percent ahead of the cash market open. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* The UK blue chip index edged higher on Monday, closing up 34.78 points at 6,174.57, but underperformed euro zone shares as a fall in the price of oil weighed on energy firms and counteracted a fading boost to UK-listed miners from well-received Chinese data.

* HSBC HOLDINGS: South Korea's competition watchdog said it had fined HSBC Holdings Plc's Hong Kong unit and Deutsche Bank AG a combined 59 million won ($50,000) for colluding on foreign exchange swap bids - its first-ever penalty for an FX derivatives-related case.

* ANTOFAGASTA: Chilean miner Antofagasta cancelled its final dividend on Tuesday as it posted a 58 percent fall in annual core profit, hit by a rout in the price of copper.

* SAINSBURY: Sainsbury's, Britain's second biggest supermarket, on Tuesday beat expectations with its first quarterly underlying sales growth in over two years, potentially helping its takeover approach for Argos-owner Home Retail.

* LEGAL & GENERAL: British insurer Legal & General posted a 14 percent rise in 2015 operating profit to 1.46 billion pounds ($2.08 billion) on Tuesday, boosted by demand for products such as lifetime mortgages and the use of less capital in its annuity business.

* HASTINGS: UK insurer Hastings Group Holdings Plc reported a jump in full-year operating profit, driven by a rise in gross written premiums, and proposed a maiden dividend of 2.2 pence per share.   Continuación...