UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 29



April 29 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index .FTSE is seen opening higher on Friday, with futures FFIc1 up 1.02%.

* ASTRAZENECA: AstraZeneca AZN.L beat first-quarter sales and profit expectations and stood by its forecasts for 2022 as newer therapies for kidney disease and rare conditions offset an expected decline in COVID-19 vaccine sales.

* RECKITT: Reckitt Benckiser RKT.L beat first-quarter sales expectations, having increased prices to offset soaring raw material costs and flat volumes.

* PEARSON: Education group Pearson PSON.L reiterated its full-year profit outlook.

* AIB-NATWEST: Allied Irish Banks AIBG.I entered exclusive talks with NatWest NWG.L to acquire about 6 billion euros ($6.3 billion) of tracker mortgage loans from Ulster Bank.

* TRAVIS PERKINS: Travis Perkins TPK.L said its forecast for materials price inflation, which it had expected to ease into the second half of the year, was now more uncertain.

* NATWEST: British state-backed bank NatWest NWG.L reported a 41% increase in first-quarter profits, as rising interest rates and higher income boosted performance.

* AO WORLD: Electricals retailer AO World AO.L cautioned that its near-term revenue and profit outlook could be hit by inflationary pressures, supply chain challenges and the cost-of-living crisis.

* ALPHAWAVE: Semiconductor tech company Alphawave AWE.L reported revenue of $89.9 million for 2021 and said it had seen strong trading in the first quarter of 2022.

* GLENCORE: About 24% of investors voted against Glencore's GLEN.L climate progress report at an annual general meeting, after some cited slow progress in scaling back coal production.

* INTERROS-TCS HOLDINGS: Russia's Interros Holding, which manages the assets of billionaire Vladimir Potanin, said that it had acquired 35% of shares in TCS Group.

* FTSE 100: London's FTSE 100 closed higher on Thursday driven by strong earnings updates from companies, although Sainsbury hit the bottom of the index after warning of a drop in annual profit.

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Reporting by Amna Karimi in Bengaluru

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