February 23, 2017 / 7:17 AM / a year ago

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Feb. 23

    Feb 23 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 4 points
higher, or up 0.05 percent on Thursday, according to Financial spreadbetters.
    * The blue-chip FTSE 100 index ended up 0.4 percent at 7302.25
points, as Lloyds reported its highest annual profit in a decade and
Unilever promised a far-reaching review.
    * BANK OF ENGLAND: Bank of England Deputy Governor Jon Cunliffe warned on
Wednesday that requiring financial instruments to be cleared in a country that
uses the currency in which they are denominated would bump up costs and splinter
    * BANK OF ENGLAND/INSURERS: EU capital rules for insurers need some tweaks
but are not a deterrent to investment in infrastructure as some insurers' claim,
the Bank of England said on Wednesday.
    * PURPLEBRICKS: British online real estate agent Purplebricks Group Plc
 said it intended to raise funds through a share issue to expand into
the United States.   
    * AO WORLD: AO World, the British online electricals retailer, said
on Wednesday its founder John Roberts had stepped down as chief executive but
would remain on the board in a new executive role.
    * OIL: U.S. oil futures rose nearly 1 percent on Thursday after data
released by an industry group showed a surprise decline in U.S. crude stocks as
imports fell, lending support to the view that a global glut is ending.

    * BHP: The first attempt at an acquisition by Australia's South32 S32.AX
following its spinoff from BHP Billiton, has raised competition
concerns over control of the local coking coal market.
    * EX-DIVS: Carnival, Diageo, Easyjet GlaxoSmithKline
, Rio Tinto and Lancashire to go ex-dividend. According to
Reuters calculations at current market prices, the effect of the resulting
adjustment to prices by market-makers would take 12.3 points off the index.
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets
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 (Reporting by Sanjeeban Sarkar in Bengaluru; Editing by Sunil Nair)
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