UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Feb 3

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Feb 3 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 (.FTSE) index is seen opening lower with futures down 0.2% on Thursday.

* PLAYTECH: Playtech (PTEC.L) said its shareholder TTB Partners sought the gambling software maker to release it from takeover rules that prevent it from making a fresh offer for the British company after the Aristocrat deal collapsed. read more

* BT GROUP: Britain's BT Group (BT.L) said it had entered exclusive discussions with Discovery (DISCA.O) to create a joint venture with BT Sport and Eurosport, as it reported a trading update for the nine months to end-December. read more

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* M&C SAATCHI: The independent directors of British advertising group M&C Saatchi (SAA.L) have rejected another takeover approach from its biggest shareholder Vin Murria, but have agreed to continue talks to see if a deal can be done.

* SHELL: Shell (SHEL.L) reported a sharp rise in fourth-quarter profit to $6.4 billion, beating forecasts, lifted by soaring oil and natural gas prices as global economic activity picked up. read more

* COMPASS GROUP: Compass Group (CPG.L), the world's largest catering company, said its first-quarter revenue had reached 97% of its pre-pandemic levels, largely boosted by new businesses and strong client retention. read more

* CMA: Britian on Thursday imposed a fine totalling 35 million pounds ($47.5 million) on firms, including Alliance Pharma (ALAPH.L) and private-equity group Cinven, for anti-competitive supply arrangements of some anti-nausea tablets to the National Health Service. read more

* ENERGY: Britain faces a profound economic problem over the coming years as it is unclear that wage growth will be able to keep pace with a sustained rise in energy prices, the head of the Confederation of British Industry said. read more

* GLENCORE: Mining giant Glencore (GLEN.L) and electric vehicle (EV) battery startup Britishvolt will jointly develop a new UK battery recycling plant that will help reuse expensive key raw materials like cobalt and lithium, the two companies said. read more

* ENERGY BILLS: Britons will learn the scale of the financial pain they face on Thursday when the energy regulator Ofgem announces an increase to its price cap, with under-pressure households expected to see bills soaring by about 50%. read more

* London's FTSE 100 rose on Wednesday, led by miners and consumer staple stocks, while the banking sub-index rose in anticipation of a second consecutive rate hike from the Bank of England meeting on Thursday. read more

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Reporting by Sinchita Mitra in Bengaluru

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