UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Thursday March 26
(Adds futures, company news)
LONDON, March 26 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 26 to 37 points, or as much as 0.5 percent lower on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures down 0.8 percent at 0727 GMT. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The blue-chip FTSE 100 index closed down 28.71 points, or 0.4 percent, at 6,990.97 points on Wednesday, weighed down by a drop in chip designer ARM , having hit a record intra-day high of 7,065.08 on Tuesday.
* EASYJET - British low cost carrier easyJet EZJ.L upgraded forecasts for its first-half period, saying it expected foreign currency tailwinds to provide a 20 million pounds boost, potentially helping it to overcome a usual seasonal loss.
* RIO TINTO - Rio Tinto Chief Executive Sam Walsh said putting a cap on iron ore production was not in Australia's national interest, dismissing a suggestion it could help lift the traded price of the steelmaking commodity.