UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Thursday July 2
(Adds futures, company news)
LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 futures fell 0.1 percent on Thursday. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The blue-chip index was up by 80.88 points, or 1.2 percent, at 6,601.86 points by the close on Wednesday, bouncing back from five-and-a-half month lows, lifted by airline stocks that were boosted by lower oil prices and a recommendation for a new runway at London's Heathrow airport.
* LLOYDS BANKING GROUP - The lender said on Thursday that the government had reduced its stake in the bank to 15.9 percent from 16.87 percent previously, in a further step towards its full privatisation.
* PERSIMMON - One of Britain's biggest housebuilders said its volumes and revenue rose in the first half of the year as consumer sentiment remained resilient even in the run-up to May's general election.