UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 28

April 28 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index .FTSE is seen opening higher on Thursday, with futures FFIc1 up 0.73%.

* BARCLAYS: Barclays BARC.L put share buyback plans on hold due to scrutiny by U.S. regulators of a trading blunder it announced last month, piling early pressure on new CEO C.S. Venkatakrishnan.

* GLENCORE: Miner and trader Glencore GLEN.L lowered its 2022 production outlook on copper, zinc and cobalt after operational challenges and COVID-related absenteeism in the first quarter drove output for some metals lower.

* UNILEVER: Unilever ULVR.L beat first-quarter sales forecasts as the maker of Dove soap and Ben & Jerry's ice cream hiked prices by more than 8% to offset higher supply chain and energy costs, more than outweighing a dip in sales volumes.

* SAINSBURY'S: Supermarket group Sainsbury's SBRY.L followed market leader Tesco TSCO.L in warning of lower profit for the current year due to soaring inflation, taking the shine off a more than doubling in profit for its 2021-22 year.

* LANCASHIRE: Lloyd's of London insurer Lancashire Holdings LRE.L estimates its net losses from the Ukraine conflict at around $20-30 million and within its risk tolerances, it said.

* WHITBREAD: Premier Inn owner Whitbread WTB.L swung to an annual profit as holiday bookings regained momentum after Britain gradually eased its COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

* SMITH & NEPHEW: Smith+Nephew SN.L beat analysts' expectations for first-quarter sales, helped by robust demand for the British company's medical products and a rebound in elective surgeries that were delayed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

* INCHCAPE: Car distributor Inchcape INCH.L said it has agreed to sell its Russian business to local management, while reporting a 13% jump in first-quarter revenue.

* ST. JAMES'S PLACE: Wealth manager St. James's Place SJP.L reported a rise in its funds under management for the first quarter as clients looked for ways to mitigate long-term risks on the back of inflationary pressures and geopolitical uncertainties.

* DS SMITH: Cardboard maker DS Smith SMDS.L expects to book a one-off charge of 30 million pounds ($37.6 million) to account for losses from its Ukrainian business following Russia's invasion.

* SHELL: Shell SHEL.L tightened its restrictions on buying Russian oil, saying it would no longer accept refined products with any Russian content, including blended fuels.

* FTSE 100: London's FTSE 100 edged up on Wednesday, driven by gains in miners and strong corporate updates, although a fall in cyclical stocks and industrial software company Aveva Group capped its rise.

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Reporting by Amna Karimi in Bengaluru

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