UPDATE 2-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Thursday Feb 5
(Adds company news)
LONDON Feb 5 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 40 to 48 points, or as much as 0.7 percent lower on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The FTSE 100 index closed down by 0.2 percent at 6,860.02 points, retreating from 5-month highs after oil stocks slipped and investment company Hargreaves Lansdown fell following a fall in profits.
* BT - BT said on Thursday it had agreed to buy mobile operator EE for 12.5 billion pounds ($19 billion), and would raise 1 billion pounds through a placing of new shares to fund the deal.
* VODAFONE - A steady recovery in Europe helped Vodafone to stem the rate of sales decline in its third quarter, putting the world's second biggest mobile operator in touching distance of overall revenue growth once again.