UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 10



March 10 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index .FTSE is seen opening higher on Thursday, with futures FFIc1 up 0.4%.

* RIO TINTO: Rio Tinto RIO.L RIO.AX became the first major mining company to announce it was cutting all ties with Russian businesses, joining a raft of leading Western companies in a pullout following Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.

* SHELL: Shell SHEL.L has issued a force majeure at its 300,000 barrel per day Scotford, Alberta, upgrader in western Canada after a unit at the facility tripped, a company spokesman said on Wednesday.

* BATS: British American Tobacco Plc BATS.L said on Wednesday its business in Russia continued to operate, but that it had suspended all planned capital investment in the country following the Ukraine invasion.

* EVRAZ: Russian steelmaker Evraz Plc EVRE.L cancelled an interim dividend payment on Wednesday, citing uncertainties related to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

* RUSSIA SANCTIONS: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday told Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy he is committed to further tightening sanctions to impose maximum economic cost on Russia, a Downing Street spokesperson said.

* SCHRODERS: Schroders is back on Britain's code of best practice roll call for asset managers, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) said on Thursday, after a surge of applicants underscored the intense competition to attract sustainability investments.

* UK HOUSE PRICES: House price growth in Britain hit a new eight-month high in February as the housing market showed little sign of losing momentum amid a growing cost-of-living squeeze, a survey showed.

* UK LABOUR MARKET: British employers' hiring of new permanent staff rose by the smallest amount for 11 months in February, reflecting a shortage of candidates, although starting salaries continued to rise rapidly, a survey showed.

* SHIPBUILIDING: Britain plans to spend 4 billion pounds ($5.3 billion) on the shipbuilding sector including investment in zero-emission vessels.

* OIL: Oil prices rose following a sharp drop in the previous session as the market contemplated whether major producers would boost supply to help plug the gap in output from Russia due to sanctions for its invasion of Ukraine.

* GOLD: Gold prices fell, as global shares rallied tracking Wall Street gains following a retreat in oil prices, after UAE said it would help increase oil production.

* METALS: London aluminium rose, following a 4.5% slump in the previous session, supported by persistent worries over Russian supplies.

* FTSE 100: London's FTSE 100 ended higher on Wednesday as higher yields and upbeat earnings from insurer Prudential aided financial stocks.

* UK CORPORATE DIARY:

Balfour Beatty

BALF.L

FY results National Express

NEX.L

Q3 results Spirax-Sacro

SPX.L

FY results Savills Plc

SVS.L

FY results Spirent Communications SPT.L

FY results James Fisher and Sons

FSJ.L

FY results Just Group

JUSTJ.L

FY results Capita Plc

CPI.L

HY results

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Reporting by Aby Jose Koilparambil in Bengaluru

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