UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 26



April 26 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 9 points lower on Monday, according to financial bookmakers.

* ASTRAZENECA: Canada's health department said on Sunday the 1.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca Plc AZN.L COVID-19 vaccine imported from Emergent BioSolutions EBS.N Baltimore facility were safe and met quality specifications.

* INFORMA: Trade show organiser Informa INF.L said on Monday it has signed an agreement to combine its existing financial intelligence business with U.S.-based advisory services provider Novantas Inc by the end of June 2021.

* PEARSON: Global education group Pearson PSON.L said strong demand for online learning courses had helped the group to post a 5% rise in underlying revenue growth in the first three months of the year.

* DARKTRACE: British cyber-security firm Darktrace is cutting valuation of its London stock exchange listing as it adopts a cautious approach aimed at avoiding a repetition of Deliveroo ROO.L disappointing public debut, Sky News reported on Sunday.

* SUPER GROUP: Super Group, the parent company of online bookmaker Betway, is nearing a deal to go public through a merger with blank-check acquisition firm Sports Entertainment Acquisition Corp SEAH.N at a valuation of about $5.1 billion, people familiar with the matter said on Saturday.

* BOOHOO: British online fashion retailer Boohoo BOOH.L is considering linking bosses' multi-million pound bonuses to Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) improvements, including workers' rights, it said on Saturday.

* ARSENAL: Daniel Ek, the CEO and founder of music streaming service Spotify, said on Friday he would be interested in buying Premier League club Arsenal if under-fire American owner Stan Kroenke wanted to sell the north London outfit.

* ASTRAZENECA: Chilean investigators testing the AstraZeneca-Oxford University COVID-19 vaccination in 2,200 people found no instances of blood clots among participants, they said on Friday.

* ROLLS-ROYCE: British engineering company Rolls-Royce RR.L said it was in constructive talks with Spain over the sale of its Spanish unit ITP Aero, after a media report said Madrid could block the deal.

* OIL: Oil prices fell on Monday on fears that surging COVID-19 cases in India will drive down fuel demand in the world's third biggest oil importer and as investors adjusted positions ahead of a planned increase in OPEC+ oil output from May

* London's FTSE 100 .FTSE slipped on Friday as industrial stocks fell and a stronger pound weighed on export-oriented companies, while investors awaited a flash reading on business survey data for April later in the day.

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