UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 16
March 16 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index .FTSE is seen opening higher on Wednesday, with futures FFIc1 up 1.65%.
* IG GROUP: British online trading platform IG Group IGG.L on Wednesday forecast full-year revenue to "moderately" exceed expectations, with the Ukraine crisis increasing market volatility, but predicted slower growth on its U.S. platform.
* NORTONLIFELOCK-AVAST: U.S. cybersecurity firm NortonLifeLock Inc's NLOK.O $8.6 billion purchase of rival Avast Plc AVST.L will face an in-depth probe by Britain if competition concerns are not addressed, the UK anti-trust regulator said.
* BARCLAYS: Barclays PLC BARC.L has hired an executive from a rival bank for its mergers, acquisitions, activism and ESG advisory group as demand increases from corporate clients for those services.
* HYVE: British event management firm Hyve Group HYVE.L said on Tuesday it would exit Russia as several companies leave the country or reassess operations there following Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.
* NICKEL TRADING: Nickel trading on the London Metal Exchange (LME) resumes on Wednesday with limits on price movements to prevent disorderly trading after wild swings triggered a rare market shutdown.
* FCA STRIKE: Employees at Britain's Financial Conduct Authority have served notice to begin a ballot on industrial action in protest at cuts to their pay and conditions, the Unite union said on Tuesday.
* AUTO CARTEL: EU antitrust regulators on Tuesday raided several automotive companies and associations in several countries on suspicion of breaching the bloc's cartel rules, while Britain's competition authority also launched a probe.
* TOTALENERGIES: The Church of England's Pensions Board and the manager of the church's investment fund said on Tuesday they will reconsider their shareholding in French energy giant TotalEnergies TTEF.PA over the company's decision to not cut its business ties with Russia.
* OIL CRISIS: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia on Wednesday as part of efforts to secure additional oil flows and increase pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin over Ukraine.
* FTSE100: UK's FTSE 100 slipped on Tuesday, dragged down by banking and mining stocks, while strong jobs data supported the case for a Bank of England interest rate hike later this week.
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Reporting by Aby Jose Koilparambil in Bengaluru
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