UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 4



March 4 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index .FTSE is seen opening lower on Friday, with futures FFIc1 down 0.85%.

* LSE: The London Stock Exchange LSEG.L said it had suspended with immediate effect the trading of stock listings of several Russian-based companies, including Sistema and Magnit.

* HAMMERSON: Mall operator Hammerson HMSO.L reported on Friday a smaller annual loss and a drop in debt levels, as the retail property sector recovers from COVID-19 pandemic-led shop closures and rent collapses in Britain's high streets and rest of Europe.

* TCS GROUP: Russian lender TCS Group Holding TCSq.L on Friday reported record net profit in rouble terms at 63.4 billion roubles ($561 million) in 2021, up 43% year on year, but said it was now focused on making sure its systems were working as usual.

* MARKS & SPENCER: British food and clothing retailer Marks & Spencer MKS.L has suspended shipments to its Turkish franchisee's Russian business following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, it said.

* CMA: Britain's competition watchdog approved Spanish mobile telephone infrastructure operator Cellnex's CLNX.MC acquisition of Hong Kong-based CK Hutchison's 0001.HK British assets if it sells at least 1,000 mobile phone towers.

* HAYS: British recruitment agency Hays Plc HAYS.L said it has decided to close its offices in Moscow and St Petersburg and cease all its business activity and exit Russia, following the invasion of Ukraine.

* FCA: Britain's financial watchdog has stopped a quarter of all licence applications over the past year from companies wanting to offer investment services to consumers, it said, as it seeks to tackle rising financial fraud.

* London's FTSE 100 slumped on Thursday, as volatile crude prices sent heavyweight oil stocks sharply lower, while investors feared the impact of the fast-unfolding Ukraine crisis.

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Reporting by Amna Karimi in Bengaluru

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