UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 17

martes 17 de marzo de 2015 03:21 GYT

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LONDON, March 17 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 futures contract was flat, with the cash market seen opening down by 8-14 points, or as much as 0.2 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 0.9 percent higher at 6,804.08 points on Monday after dropping 2.5 percent last week in what was its biggest weekly decline since December.

* SAINSBURY : British supermarket Sainsbury's posted a fifth straight quarter of declining underlying sales and said it did not expect the trading environment to improve any time soon.

* ANTOFAGASTA : Chilean copper miner Antofagasta posted a drop in annual profits and revenues.

* BHP BILLITON : BHP Billiton has put far less debt than expected into its $13 billion South32 spin-off, positioning the company formed from its unloved assets to weather tough markets and still pay a dividend.

* SEVERN TRENT : Utility Severn Trent announced investment plans in the renewable energy sector.

* RSA : British insurer RSA Insurance Group Plc is considering selling its business in Latin America as part of a broad restructuring plan, the Financial Times reported.   Continuación...