UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Feb. 17
LONDON Feb 17 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down by 20 to 26 points, or as much as 0.4 percent lower on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on.
* The UK blue chip index closed down 0.2 percent at 6,857.05 points on Monday.
* GREECE: Talks between Greece and euro zone finance ministers over the country's debt crisis broke down on Monday when Athens rejected a proposal to request a six-month extension of its international bailout package as "unacceptable".
* BRIT PLC : Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd, a Canadian property and casualty insurer, said it would buy Brit Plc, a specialty insurer and reinsurer, for about $1.88 billion to gain a significant presence in the Lloyd's of London market.
* JOHN WOOD GROUP : Energy services firm John Wood Group Plc reported a 2.9 percent rise in full-year pretax profit, helped by strength in its brownfield services unit.
* INTERCONTINENTAL HOTELS : InterContinental Hotels Group, one of the world's largest hoteliers, posted a 10 percent rise in 2014 profit, led by strong growth in its core North American market.
* ALLIANCE PHARMA : Alliance Pharma said finance director Richard Wright would leave.
* ROYAL DUTCH SHELL : Royal Dutch Shell Plc's 327,000 barrel per day (bpd) joint-venture refinery in Deer Park, Texas, has rescheduled a planned overhaul on a hydrocracking unit from March to September because of a strike by workers at the refinery, said four sources familiar with Deer Park's plans. Continuación...