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LONDON, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 34 points, or 0.5 percent higher, on Monday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The blue-chip FTSE 100 index closed 0.4 percent higher at 6,915.20 points on Friday, just below a 15-year high of 6,921.32 hit on Wednesday and a record peak of 6,950.60 scaled in late 1999.
* Euro zone finance ministers agreed in principle on Friday to extend Greece’s financial rescue by four months, averting a potential cash crunch in March that could have forced the country out of the currency area.
* The accord requires Greece to submit by Monday a letter to the Eurogroup listing all the policy measures it plans to take during the remainder of the bailout period.
* HSBC - Europe’s biggest bank, HSBC said its chief executive, Stuart Gulliver, holds a bank account in Switzerland that was set up in 1998 to hold bonus payments, responding to a report in the Guardian newspaper that said he had a Swiss account that contained $7.6 million in 2007.
* LLOYDS - State-backed Lloyds Banking Group said on Monday that the British government had reduced its stake in the bank to 23.9 percent from 24.9 percent previously.
* ASSOCIATED BRITISH FOODS - Associated British Foods maintained full year earnings expectations, with growth at its Primark discount fashion chain and progress at its grocery, ingredients and agriculture businesses offsetting continued weakness in its sugar operation.
* RSA - RSA Insurance Group Chief Executive Stephen Hester is set to unveil a deeper cost-cutting plan at the London-based general insurance provider as it works to turn around its business, the Financial Times reported.
* IAG - A trade union group representing Aer Lingus workers has reversed its position and said it will now back a takeover approach by IAG after the British Airways’ owner laid out its growth plans for the Irish airline.
* THOMAS COOK - British holiday company Thomas Cook Group is seeking to sell its airline business as part of a cost-saving plan, the Sunday Times newspaper reported, without citing its sources.
* APR ENERGY - APR Energy Plc said it was seeking an amendment to its credit facility to avoid missing certain financial covenants going forward, nearly a month after the company said it would move its power producing assets out of Libya.
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