March 2, 2017 / 6:23 AM / a year ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 2

    March 2 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down
9.6 points, according to financial bookmakers.
    * HSBC: Lawyers for the U.S. government and HSBC Holdings Plc on
Wednesday urged a federal appeals court to block release of a court-appointed
monitor's report on how HSBC is working to improve its money laundering
    * CAPITA: Capita PLC Chief Executive Andy Parker's departure could
be announced as soon as Thursday morning when Capita reports annual results, Sky
News reported on Wednesday, citing sources.
    * JAGUAR LAND ROVER: Jaguar Land Rover             Chief Executive Ralf
Speth supported Nissan Motor Co's calls for additional funds for
car-parts makers while saying there must be "fair play", for all UK automakers,
Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.
    * BP: BP agreed on Wednesday to buy Clean Energy Fuels Corp's
 biomethane production assets for $155 million, expanding its huge gas
supply portfolio in the United States and showing its shift to less
carbon-intensive projects.
    * EX-DIVS: Barclays and RSA will trade without entitlement
to their latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming 1.78 points off the FTSE
100, according to Reuters calculations.
    * OIL: Crude oil fell for a third consecutive session on Thursday as a
record build-up in U.S. stockpiles weighed on the market, with producers
boosting shale oil production.
    * BREXIT: Prime Minister Theresa May will seek to use her majority in
parliament's lower chamber to overturn a defeat her government suffered in the
upper chamber on legislation allowing her to trigger Brexit, a government source
said on Wednesday.
    * BREXIT: Britain believes a post-Brexit free trade deal with the European
Union would ease problems that its withdrawal from the EU will create on the
Irish border, London's Northern Ireland minister said on Wednesday.
    * The UK blue chip index closed 1.6 percent higher at 7,382.90 points, its
highest level ever on Wednesday, with commodities-related stocks tracking
stronger metals, while banks gained on expectations of further hikes in U.S.
interest rates.
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets
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 (Reporting by Abhijith Ganapavaram in Bengaluru; Editing by Sunil Nair)
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