UPDATE 2-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on May 26
(Updates futures, adds company news items)
May 26 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 10 to 12 points, or 0.2 percent, on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures down 0.02 percent ahead of the cash market open. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index closed up 0.7 percent at 6,262.85 on Wednesday, lifted by gains at major banks and oil companies, while retailer Marks & Spencer slumped after a disappointing trading update.
* BP, SHELL: Six international oil firms including BP and Royal Dutch Shell Plc have bid to operate Qatar's largest offshore oil field, two people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
* DEBENHAMS: British department store group Debenhams on Thursday named Sergio Bucher, an executive at Amazon's fashion business, as its new boss.
* DAILY MAIL AND GENERAL TRUST: The publisher of the Daily Mail newspaper said a downturn in the print advertising market was squeezing margins in its media business, resulting in an 11 percent drop in first-half profit and a lower outlook for the year.
* TATE & LYLE: British food ingredients maker Tate & Lyle on Thursday posted a 5 percent rise in full-year profit and said progress in the 2017 financial year would be in line with its expectations.
* UNITED UTILITIES: British water utility United Utilities Group Plc said its full-year underlying operating profit fell 9 percent, hurt by new regulatory price controls. Continuación...