UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Thursday, Feb 26

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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Thursday, Feb 26
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LONDON, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening down 12 to 14 points, or 0.2 percent lower on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on ID:nL5N0W00TA

* The blue-chip FTSE 100 index closed down 14.25 points, or 0.2 percent at 6,935.38 points after setting a new record high of 6,958.89 points on Tuesday. ID:nL5N0VZ55P

* HSBC HSBA.L - The UK tax authority said prosecuting and regulatory agencies would meet next week to discuss leaks of account information from clients who used a Swiss subsidiary of HSBC bank to evade tax. ID:nL5N0VZ5O8

* RBS RBS.L - Royal Bank of Scotland (LONDON:RBS) Group PLC (LONDON:RBS) is set to confirm the appointment of Howard Davies as its new chairman on Thursday, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters. ID:nL1N0VZ35S

* ASTRAZENECA AZN.L - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the use of Actavis Plc's ACT.N antibiotic, Avycaz, which is being co-developed with AstraZeneca, to battle drug-resistant bacteria known as superbugs. ID:nL4N0VZ4SZ

* DEFENCE FIRMS - Companies which do not face an open competition for British defence contracts will be subject to greater scrutiny over costs under new plans to boost efficiency, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon will say on Thursday. ID:nL5N0VZ4DG

* ROYAL DUTCH SHELL RDSa.L - The largest U.S. refinery strike since 1980 continued through its 25th day on Wednesday with no movement toward renewed talks to end a walkout by 6,550 union workers at 15 plants, including 12 refineries accounting for one-fifth of domestic capacity. ID:nL1N0VZ3CI

* SKY SKY.L - Sky Sports has agreed to a four-year deal to broadcast live Major League Soccer, the British broadcaster and North American league said on Wednesday. ID:nL4N0VZ3VF

* British consumers have turned more upbeat as faster pay growth and very low inflation make them more confident about their finances, a poll showed on Thursday, little more than two months before a national election. ID:nL5N0VZ5AW

* EX-DIVIDENDS - Diageo DGE.L and easyJet EZJ.L trade without entitlement to their latest dividend payout on Thursday, trimming 2.57 points off the FTSE 100 index. ID:nL5N0VX2UA


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