UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 25
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March 25 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 17 points lower at 6,695 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures .FFIc1 down 0.20% ahead of the cash market open.
* CINEWORLD: Cineworld CINE.L said it will ask shareholders to approve a raise in its debt ceiling next month to allow it to borrow more money to shore up its shattered finances after reporting a $3 billion loss for 2020. ENQUEST: EnQuest ENQ.L reported 2020 free cashflow of $211 million, down around 43%. COMPASS GROUP: Compass Group CPG.L forecast better margins in the second quarter than in the first. IQE: IQE Plc IQE.L posted a smaller annual loss, partly helped by strong performance in its wireless equipment and photonics businesses. S4 CAPITAL: S4 Capital SFOR.L reported a 19.4% rise in like-for-like gross profit in 2020, and said the strong growth had continued into 2021. BOOHOO: Boohoo BOOH.L published a list of 78 approved manufacturers operating across 100 sites in the UK, meeting a commitment for increased transparency. ASTRAZENECA: AstraZeneca AZN.L said its COVID-19 vaccine was 76% effective at preventing symptomatic illness in a new analysis of its major U.S. trial - a tad lower than the level announced earlier this week in a report that was criticised for using outdated information. BT: BT BT.L said it had met its target of extending full-fibre broadband to 4.5 mln premises by the end of March. PUBS: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggested on Wednesday that some pubs might require customers to produce vaccine certificates, an idea that he had previously deemed unlikely. GOLD: Gold prices rose as surging COVID-19 cases across Europe fuelled economic growth concerns. OIL: Oil prices fell more than 2% as fresh coronavirus lockdowns revived worries about demand for oil products. The UK blue-chip index .FTSE closed 0.2% higher on Wednesday as data showed a better-than-expected rebound in British business activity in March. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: LIVE/
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