Feb 25 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index .FTSE is seen opening 32 points higher at 6,691 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.
* STANDARD CHARTERED: Standard Chartered Plc STAN.L posted a 57% fall in annual profit, missing analyst estimates, on higher credit impairments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. GOLD: Gold eased as U.S. Treasury yields hovered near a one-year peak, tarnishing bullion's appeal, although a softer dollar and the U.S. Federal Reserve's commitment to an accommodative policy limited its fall. OIL: Oil prices extended gains for a fourth session to reach the highest levels in more than 13 months, underpinned by an assurance that U.S. interest rates will stay low, and a sharp drop in U.S. crude output last week due to the storm in Texas. The UK blue-chip index .FTSE closed 0.5% higher on Wednesday as gains in commodity-linked and banking stocks on investor optimism about a post-pandemic economic recovery outweighed losses in defensive sectors. UK CORPORATE DIARY:
Anglo American Plc
FY results BAE Systems Plc
FY results Centrica Plc
FY results Drax Group Plc
FY results EVRAZ Plc
FY results Grafton Group Plc
FY results Hikma Pharmaceuticals Plc
FY results Howden Joinery Group Plc
FY results Inchcape Plc
FY results Kaz Minerals Plc
FY results Mondi Plc
FY results Serco Group Plc
FY results St. James's Place Plc
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