UPDATE 3-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Dec 18
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Dec 18 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 17-22 points, or 0.3-0.4 percent, on Friday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures down 0.7 percent by 0755 GMT ahead of the cash market open. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index closed 1.2 percent higher on Thursday at 6,102.54 points, tracking gains on other equity markets after investors took the first U.S. interest rate rise in nearly a decade as a sign of policymakers' confidence in the world's biggest economy.
* SPORTS DIRECT: Sports Direct, Britain's biggest sportswear retailer, said its founder and deputy chairman Mike Ashley will personally oversee a review of its agency workers' terms and conditions following criticism of the firm's practices.
* BG GROUP: BG Group Plc, which is to be acquired by Shell, has received the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's green light to construct and operate a natural gas liquefaction and export facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana. BG had said earlier that the decision for the project had been delayed until 2016 from 2015.
* NPOWER: RWE-owned power utility Npower has been fined 26 million pounds ($38.83 million) by Britain's gas and electricity market regulator for failing to treat customers fairly.
* AGGREKO: British temporary power provider Aggreko has pulled out of a tender to supply generators to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year, dealing a blow to organisers rushing to secure an energy source for the world's largest sporting event.
* BHP BILLITON: Moody's places ratings of BHP Billiton on review for downgrade. Continuación...