UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 29
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March 29 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is expected to open higher on Tuesday, after a long Easter holiday weekend, with futures up 0.41 percent ahead of the cash market open, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click
* The UK blue chip index closed down 1.5 percent at 6,106.48 on Thursday, as investors dumped holdings in retailer Next and as a decline in commodities' prices put pressure on mining companies and oil majors.
* A.G. BARR: A.G. Barr, the maker of Irn-Bru and Rubicon fizzy drinks, said its brand strength, product reformulation, and innovation would help it minimise the financial impact of a sugar tax proposed by Britain's Chancellor.
* POLYMETAL: Russia's gold and silver producer Polymetal said on Tuesday its 2015 net earnings totalled $221 million, compared with a net loss of $210 million in 2014.
* PREMIER FOODS: Two major shareholders in Premier Foods urged the company on Thursday to hold talks with U.S. suitor McCormick, after the British company formed an alliance with Japanese instant noodle maker Nissin Foods.
* SHELL: Royal Dutch Shell Plc has said it is considering the sale of some of its North Sea assets, the Financial Times reported. (on.ft.com/1UVhNFg)
* BAE SYSTEMS: British defence company BAE Systems has won a contract worth nearly 300 million pounds ($425 million) to provide in-service support to the Royal Air Force's fleet of fast jet training aircraft, the Ministry of Defence said on Monday.
* SHIRE: A U.S. district court on Monday ruled in favor of Shire Plc , preventing Allergan Plc from selling generic versions of Lialda, an ulcerative colitis drug, in the United States until 2020. Continuación...