UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Feb 23


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    Feb 23 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100  .FTSE  index is seen opening 10
points higher at 6,622 on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers.

    * HSBC: HSBC Holdings PLC  HSBA.L  abandoned its long-term profitability
target, and unveiled a revised strategy focussed mainly on wealth management in
Asia and the Middle East after posting a sharp drop in annual
    * AVIVA: French mutual insurer Groupe Macif is in pole position to acquire
Aviva's  AV.L  French operations, Le Figaro reported on Monday, as the bidding
deadline set by the UK group nears.*:nL1N2KS2SW
    * GOLD: Gold climbed to a one-week peak, bolstered by a weaker dollar and a
retreat in U.S. Treasury yields, while concerns of rising inflation further
boosted bullion's appeal.*:nL1N2KT04L
    * OIL: Oil prices jumped by more than $1, underpinned by optimism over
COVID-19 vaccine rollouts and lower output as U.S. supplies were slow to return
after a deep freeze in Texas shut in crude production last week.*:nL1N2KT03M
    * The UK blue-chip index  .FTSE  closed 0.2% lower on Monday, but recovered
from early lows as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out a phased plan to
end England's COVID-19 lockdown, boosting travel-related stocks.*:nL4N2KS410
    * UK CORPORATE DIARY:       
 McBride Plc                           MCB.L     HY results
 InterContinental Hotels Group Plc     IHG.L     FY results
    * For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on:
    > Financial Times                       PRESS/FT 
    > Other business headlines              PRESS/GB 

 (Reporting by Priyanshi Mandhan in Bengaluru)
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