UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Dec. 16

Dec 16 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening higher on Thursday, with futures FFIc1 up 1.30%.

* SCHRODERS: Fund manager Schroders SCR.L confirmed it was in advanced talks to buy a significant stake in renewables investment firm Greencoat Capital.

* PETROFAC: Oil services firm Petrofac PFC.L said it expects its revenue for the year to be down by about a quarter, due to the broadening impact of the pandemic on its operations and low order intake.

* MCBRIDE: Britain's McBride MCB.L warned of a bigger half-yearly loss as the cleaning products maker battles higher costs from the global supply chain crisis.

* AVIVA: Aviva plc AV.L said it will increase its share buyback programme from 750 million pounds ($994.28 million) to a maximum of 1 billion pounds ($1.33 billion).

* DOMINO'S: Britain's Domino's Pizza Group DOM.L said it had reached an agreement with its franchisees over commercial terms for profit sharing ending more than two years of negotiations, and also raised its medium-term sales forecast.

* BOOHOO: Online fashion retailer BOOH.L warned that expectations for the financial year ending Feb. 28 will be lower than previously guided, blaming higher returns, delivery disruption and pandemic-related cost inflation.

* LENTA: Russian retailer LNTAq.L said it had agreed a deal to acquire online retailer Utkonos for a base price of 20 billion roubles ($271 million), financed by an additional issuance of Lenta's shares.

* FINANCIAL CONDUCT AUTHORITY: Swiss asset management group GAM International GAMH.S has been fined 9.1 million pounds ($12.1 million) by Britain's financial watchdog for conflicts of interest and gifts and entertainment matters, the regulator said.

* GOLD: Gold prices inched higher as the dollar eased, while investors shifted their focus away from the U.S. Federal Reserve to other key central bank meetings.

* OIL: Oil prices rose as U.S. implied consumer petroleum demand surged to a record high in the world's top oil consumer even as the Omicron variant of coronavirus threatens to dent oil consumption globally.

* The UK's FTSE 100 dropped on Wednesday after data showed consumer prices jumped to their highest in a decade ahead of a Bank of England meeting, while Cineworld fell 27% following a court order to pay $957 million in damages to a rival.

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(Reporting By Amna Karimi in Bengaluru)

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