UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 2



March 2 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index .FTSE is seen opening higher on Wednesday, with futures FFIc1 down 0.23%.

* AVIVA: British insurer Aviva AV.L will return 4.75 billion pounds to shareholders, it said, as it reported a 10% drop in 2021 operating profit.

* PERSIMMON: Britain's second-largest homebuilder Persimmon Plc PSN.L said it expected to build 4%-7% more homes in 2022, riding on strong housing demand, after the firm posted a 23% rise in annual profit.

* POLYMETAL: Russian gold and silver producer Polymetal POLYP.L suspended its 2022 cost and capital expenditure guidance amid the conflict in Ukraine but kept its production forecast of 1.7 million ounces of gold equivalent, a mix of gold and other metals, unchanged.

* GLENCORE: Miner and trader Glencore GLEN.L said it is reviewing all its business activities in Russia including equity stakes in aluminium and hydropower group En+ Group ENPLq.L and oil giant Rosneft ROSN.MM .

* ASTON MARTIN: British luxury carmakers Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and Aston Martin AML.L paused vehicle shipments to Russia, as sanctions over the war in Ukraine had created growing trading obstacles for the car industry.

* FCA: Britain's financial watchdog set out a new pay structure and one-off 'cost of living' bonus for staff on Tuesday in an effort to quell unease among employees with a move labour union Unite described as "significantly harmful".

* HSBC: Asset managers including France's Amundi AMUN.PA and BNP Paribas BNPP.PA , Britain's HSBC HSBA.L and Switzerland's Pictet have frozen Russia-focused equity funds totalling over $3 billion in assets, as markets seize up following sanctions on Russia.

* UK-RUSSIA: The UK government has launched an urgent review into how to reduce Britain's exposure to Russian gas imports and Kremlin-backed energy companies following the invasion of Ukraine, the Financial Times reported citing people familiar with the situation.

* London's FTSE 100 fell on Tuesday as the worsening Ukraine crisis pushed shares of heavyweight banking and Russia-exposed miners lower, while Flutter Entertainment dropped on downbeat earnings.

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Reporting by Amna Karimi in Bengaluru

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