February 6, 2017 / 7:41 AM / in 10 months

UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Feb 6

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Feb 6 (Reuters) - Britain’s FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 1 point at 7,187 points on Monday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures down 0.04 percent ahead of the cash market open.

* The UK blue chip index closed 0.7 percent higher at 7,188.30 points on Friday, the biggest one-day percentage gain so far this year, with a rally in energy and banking stocks eclipsing weaker miners.

* BARCLAYS: Barclays Plc is about to overhaul its back office operations under a restructuring to help it comply with new post-crisis rules forcing British banks to ring-fence their retail operations from their riskier business.

* GLENCORE: Swiss-based commodities giant Glencore has extended a deal with Libya’s state oil firm to be the sole marketer of one third of the country’s current crude oil production, sources familiar with the matter said.

* SPORTS DIRECT: British sportswear retailer Sports Direct International Plc has engaged in extensive talks with Eastern Outfitters to become a stalking-horse bidder in the U.S. retailer’s bankruptcy auction.

* RYANAIR: Ryanair’s average fares fell more than expected in the last three months of 2016 amid a glut of capacity in Europe’s short-haul aviation market, but the low-cost giant said it remains on track to post a modest increase in annual profits.

* IHG: InterContinental Hotels Group Plc on Friday confirmed a data breach from payment cards used at 12 of its hotels in the United States, a little over a month after it said it was investigating claims of a possible breach.

* LIBERTY HOUSE/IPO: Liberty House Group, an industrial and commodities group, which has been buying up British steel assets, could list parts of the company in London by 2018, its executive chairman told Reuters on Friday.

* LSE/DEUTSCHE BOERSE: Deutsche Boerse and the London Stock Exchange should have their combined headquarters in Frankfurt not London because of Brexit, an influential German minister told Reuters in the clearest public demand for control of the group in Germany.

* BRITAIN HOUSING: Britain’s housing market is too dependent on large homebuilders, housing minister Gavin Barwell said on Sunday, speaking ahead of the launch of the government’s latest attempt to fix a chronic shortage of new homes.

* BRITAIN TRADE: Sterling’s sharp fall against the U.S. dollar and euro since June’s Brexit vote has so far hurt almost as many exporters as it has aided, the British Chambers of Commerce said on Monday.

* For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets


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