UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Feb. 12

jueves 12 de febrero de 2015 03:47 GYT

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LONDON Feb 12 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 6 to 8 points lower, or down as much as 0.1 percent, on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* The UK blue chip index closed 0.2 percent lower at 6,818.17 points in the previous session.

* BT GROUP - BT kicked off its 1 billion pound placing on Thursday, saying it would launch an underwritten accelerated bookbuilding process immediately to fund its 12.5 billion pound ($19 billion) acquisition of mobile operator EE.

* RIO TINTO - The global miner handed shareholders a $2 billion capital return on top of a higher than expected dividend on Thursday, despite reporting its worst half-year profit in two years.

* Rio Tinto estimates that 125 million tonnes of iron ore capacity came out of the market in 2014 and it expects at least a further 80 million tonnes to come out this year as a result of weak prices, Chief Executive Sam Walsh said.

* IAG - British Airways owner IAG is "nowhere near" walking away from its bid to buy Irish airline Aer Lingus, despite political opposition to the deal, chief executive Willie Walsh said in an interview published on Thursday.

* IMPERIAL TOBACCO GROUP - Dividend growth of at least 10 per cent confirmed, says Q1 growth brands volume up 11 pct, net revenue up 15 pct.

* INFORMA - The British business media group reported a statutory full-year pretax loss, hurt by a non-cash impairment of 219 million pounds ($333 million).   Continuación...