UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug 4

Aug 4 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index .FTSE is seen opening higher on Thursday, with futures FFIc1 up 0.06%.

* GLENCORE: Glencore GLEN.L announced a share buyback of $3 billion, after it reported a record half-yearly profit.

* CENTAMIN: Gold miner Centamin Plc CEY.L reported a 4% rise in its first-half revenue.

* GO AHEAD: Go-Ahead Group GOG.L agreed to an increased buyout offer from Australia's Kinetic Holding and Spain-based Globalvia Inversiones.

* MEDICLINIC: South Africa's Remgro REMJ.J said it will buy British hospital chain operator Mediclinic International MDCM.L .

* ROLLS ROYCE: Rolls-Royce RR.L said it would see its squeezed operating profit margin improve in the second half.

* INFORMA: Informa Plc INF.L reiterated its annual profit to be at the top end of market expectations.

* NEXT: British retailer Next NXT.L increased its full-year sales and profit forecasts.

* PHEONIX: Phoenix PHNX.L has bought closed life insurer Sun Life of Canada UK for 248 million pounds.

* MEGGITT: Aircraft parts supplier Meggitt Plc MGGT.L reported a 21% rise in its first-half revenue.

* UNILEVER: Ben & Jerry's independent board said Unilever Plc had frozen its directors' salaries in July as a pressure tactic.

* M&S: Britain's Marks and Spencer MKS.L said it would stop selling disposable barbecues to reduce risk of fires in dry conditions.

* REGULATOR: Britain's competition regulator said that Canadian cloud-based software firm Dye & Durham DND.TO should sell TM Group after it identified competition concerns.

* AUTOS: British new car registrations fell about 9% in July, according to preliminary industry data.

* BOE: The Bank of England is expected to raise interest rates by the most since 1995.

* HARLEQUIN: The chairman of Harlequin Group was convicted of defrauding 226 million pounds ($274 million) from more than 8,000 investors in Britain.

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Reporting by Muhammed Husain and Prerna Bedi in Bengaluru

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