UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Thursday Feb. 27

LONDON Thu Feb 27, 2014 1:55am EST

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LONDON Feb 27 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 6 to 8 points, or 0.1 percent lower on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers.

* The UK blue chip index closed down 0.5 percent, or 31.3 points, at 6,799.15 on Wednesday, hit by a fall in heavily-weighted Tesco after a spate of analyst downgrades following its results on Tuesday.

* BP - A U.S. federal judge on Wednesday denied BP Plc's request to halt payments from the $2.3 billion fund it created to compensate commercial fishermen for financial losses after the British company's 2010 offshore oil spill, according to court records.

* RBS - Royal Bank of Scotland said it intends to sell almost all of its remaining stake in Direct Line Insurance Group through a placement to institutional investors.

* ROLLS ROYCE - The British engineering company has outlined plans designed to maintain long-term dominance in large aircraft engines, showcasing two new models that could improve efficiency by up to 10 percent.

* RSA GROUP - The insurer is set to announce a discounted rights issue of around 800 million pounds ($1.33 billion) to bolster its capital position as the insurer suffered a 200 million pound fraud in its Irish business in the run-up to Christmas, several newspapers reported.

* UK CORPORATE DIARY:

BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO PLC PRELIM

BARRATT DEVELOPMENTS PLC H1

BODYCOTE PLC PRELIM

CHEMRING GROUP PLC TRADING

COLT GROUP SA PRELIM

CAPITA PLC FINAL

COUNTRYWIDE PLC PRELIM

DERWENT LONDON PLC PRELIM

DOMINO'S PIZZA GROUP PLC PRELIM

MAN GROUP PLC PRELIM

HOWDEN JOINERY GROUP PLC PRELIM

JUPITER FUND MANAGEMENT PLC FINAL

KAZAKHMYS PLC PRELIM

KIER GROUP PLC H1

LAVENDON GROUP PLC PRELIM

NATIONAL EXPRESS GROUP PLC FINAL

PREMIER OIL PLC PRELIM

PROMETHEAN WORLD PLC PRELIM

ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND GROUP PLC FINAL

RICARDO PLC H1

REDROW PLC H1

REED ELSEVIER PLC FINAL

RPS GROUP PLC PRELIM

RSA INSURANCE GROUP PLC PRELIM

STANDARD LIFE PLC PRELIM

SPIRENT COMMUNICATIONS PLC PRELIM

SPECTRIS PLC PRELIM

WPP PLC PRELIM

WHITBREAD PLC TRADING

XCHANGING PLC PRELIM

TODAY'S UK PAPERS

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