UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 5

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UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 5
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March 5 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE is seen opening 6 points lower at 7,128 Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers, while FTSE 100 futures .FFIc1 were up 0.03 percent ahead of the cash market open.

* BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO: British American Tobacco (JO: SNHJ ) Plc BATS.L said on Tuesday it would set aside 436 million pounds ($573.65 million) in 2019 after a Quebec court upheld a 2015 decision that awarded smokers in the Canadian province around C$15 billion ($11.29 billion). GVC Holdings: Ladbrokes (LON: LCL ) owner GVC Holdings Plc GVC.L said on Tuesday that it made plans to relocate servers hosting online gambling platforms to Ireland to continue seamless operations after Brexit. PHOENIX: Phoenix Group Holdings PHNX.L , Europe's largest owner of life assurance funds closed to new customers, reported higher full-year profit and targeted cash generation of 3.8 billion pounds from 2019 to 2023, as companies offload their pension risks. DIRECT LINE: Britain's largest motor insurer Direct Line Insurance Group Plc DLGD.L reported lower 2018 earnings on Tuesday, hit by a fall in insurance prices, and warned that it would not be immune to a "disruptive Brexit" despite steps taken to mitigate the impact. INTERSERVE: British support services group Interserve Plc IRV.L said on Monday it was considering an "updated" proposal from its largest shareholder Coltrane Asset Management. SPORTS DIRECT: British retail tycoon Mike Ashley's Sports Direct (LON: SPD ) International Plc said on Monday it will offer to buy Findel Plc FDL.L in a deal that values the online retail and education business at 139.2 million pounds ($184.15 million). SYNTHOMER: Synthomer Plc SYNTS.L shares fell more than 10 percent on Monday, after the polymer maker and supplier said volumes were being hurt by declining raw material prices and demand. BARCLAYS: Top Barclays BARC.L executives worried that investors in the bank's 2008 emergency fundraising would go "nuts" if Qatar was given a better deal unfairly, a London court heard on Monday. GOLD: Gold steadied on Tuesday, but was hovering near a five-week low touched in the previous session, as rising U.S. Treasury yields boosted the dollar. OIL: Oil prices dipped on Tuesday amid tepid prospects for growth in fuel demand, but OPEC-led efforts to cut output offered some support. The UK blue chip index closed 0.39 percent up at 7134.39 on Monday as financial firms gained on reports China and the United States were nearing a trade deal, a stronger dollar helped exporter stocks, while clothing retailer Ted Baker advanced after CEO Ray Kelvin's resignation. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: LIVE/


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