UPDATE 2-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug 14

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Aug 14 (Reuters) – Britain’s FTSE 100 index is expected to open 21 points higher at 7,272 on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures up 0.2% ahead of the cash market open.

* BALFOUR BEATTY: British infrastructure company Balfour Beatty Plc reported higher first-half underlying pretax profit and increased its annual cash forecast on Wednesday, buoyed by lower costs and higher margin projects.

* AVAST: Cybersecurity company Avast said revenue growth for the year would be at the upper end of its high, single digit percentage range after a strong first half, driven by demand for products like VPN and AntiTrack that help secure users’ privacy.

ADMIRAL: British insurer Admiral on Wednesday posted a 4% rise in pretax profit in the first half of the year, driven by strong performance in its UK business.

* STANDARD CHARTERED: Standard Chartered is targeting growing its private

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