UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Feb. 10



Feb 10 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening flat on Thursday, with futures FFIc1 up 0.03%.

* UNILEVER: Unilever ULVR.L forecast higher sales, but lower margins, for this year as it grapples with soaring inflation, and ruled out big acquisitions following recent investor criticism of its failed pursuit of GlaxoSmithKline's consumer health business.

* ASTRAZENECA: AstraZeneca AZN.L forecast higher 2022 sales and raised its annualised dividend after the drugmaker posted better-than-expected fourth-quarter profit.

* ASHMORE: Ashmore ASHM.L saw its pretax profit drop 23% in the six months to the end of 2021 as net outflows and poor investment performance hit the emerging markets investment firm's assets under management.

* RELX: Relx REL.L said it expected its 2022 underlying growth to be ahead of historical trends after a strong end to the year enabled it to hike its divided by 6% and launch a new buyback scheme.

* BEAZLEY: Insurer Beazley BEZG.L resumed its dividend after swinging to an annual profit, helped by rising demand and double-digit growth in the cyber insurance space.

* GSK-VIR: An antibody-based COVID-19 therapy developed by GSK GSK.L and Vir Biotechnology VIR.O retains neutralising activity against the emerging BA.2 form of the Omicron coronavirus variant.

* AB FOODS: Primark owner Associated British Foods ABF.L launched a 400 million pound 2.5% public bond due in 2034 to diversify the group's sources of funding and extend the duration of its borrowings.

* PRUDENTIAL: Prudential PRU.L said that its Chief Executive Officer Mike Wells would retire at the end of March this year.

* LEGAL & GENERAL: Legal & General LGEN.L has agreed a pensions buy-in deal totalling around 370 million pounds with London Heathrow's BAA Pension Scheme, L&G said.

* ILIAD-VODAFONE: French telecoms group Iliad has offered more than 11 billion euros to buy Vodafone's VOD.L Italian business, a source close to the matter said on Wednesday.

* UK's blue-chip index touched fresh two-year highs on Wednesday, joining a rally in global stock markets as investors cheered strong earnings while setting aside concerns about rising interest rates.

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Reporting by Amna Karimi in Bengaluru

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