UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Feb 24



Feb 24 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index .FTSE is seen opening lower on Thursday, with futures FFIc1 down 3.32%.

* BAE SYSTEMS: BAE Systems BAES.L forecast another year of sales growth and margin expansion in 2022 after reporting a 13% increase in 2021 core earnings.

* ROLLS-ROYCE: Rolls-Royce RR.L expects to return to positive cash flow in 2022, which it said would be the final year with Warren East at the helm.

* INCHCAPE: Inchcape INCH.L announced a share buyback of more than 100 million pounds, after it more than doubled its annual profit thanks to a strong rebound in demand for its cars.

* GO-AHEAD: Go-Ahead GOG.L said it has set aside 30 million pounds for a potential fine by the Department for Transport relating to its London and Southeastern railway franchise, LSER.

* HAYS: Hays Plc's HAYS.L half-year profit more than quadrupled, helped by a rebound in new hiring in Germany and the UK, with higher demand from technology and Life Sciences sectors.

* LLOYDS: Lloyds LLOY.L posted a jump in annual profits but was dented by further costs for past misdeeds.

* ANGLO AMERICAN: Anglo American AAL.L posted record full-year earnings, helped by bumper commodity prices.

* WPP: WPP WPP.L announced an 800 million-pound share buyback for 2022 after it said an "outstanding" year had enabled it to meet recently upgraded forecasts for 2021 net sales.

* CENTRICA: Centrica CNA.L reported a more than doubling of adjusted operating profit and said it is making good progress towards simplifying the company.

* SERCO: Serco Group SRP.L posted a 40% surge in annual profit to beat analysts' expectations.

* DRAX: Drax Group DRX.L posted annual profit that beat analysts' expectations buoyed by steps taken to control costs in the face of supply chain issues.

* IAG: IAG ICAG.L is in advanced talks with planemakers on a medium-haul fleet shake-up that may see the British Airways parent opt for Boeing BA.N and Airbus AIR.PA jets to update a European fleet of Airbus narrowbodies, industry sources said.

* HSBC: Executives for HSBC, which controls one of the largest banking operations in Mexico, have told investors the chain is not interested in buying out Citigroup's consumer bank in the country, known as Banamex.

* GOLD: Gold prices rose towards a nine-month high hit earlier this week.

* OIL: Oil breached $100 a barrel for the first time since 2014 as Russia moved troops into Ukraine.

* UK shares rose on Wednesday aided by strong earnings from Barclays and gains in consumer staples on the back of a weaker pound.

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Reporting by Amna Karimi in Bengaluru

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