UPDATE 2-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Jan 6
(Updates futures, company news)
Jan 6 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 32 to 42 points, or 0.7 percent, on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures down 0.08 percent by 0746 GMT ahead of the cash market open. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index closed 0.7 percent higher at 6,137.24 points on Tuesday, buoyed by a rebound in mining stocks after moves to stabilise Chinese markets helped copper higher.
* SAINSBURY/HOME RETAIL: Sainsbury's, Britain's second-biggest supermarket chain, made a takeover approach for Home Retail in November but was rejected by the owner of Argos and the Homebase do-it-yourself chain and is considering its next step.
* HOME RETAIL: UK's financial watchdog is expected to examine trading in Home Retail shares which surged before Sainsbury's disclosed it had made a bid for the company, the Telegraph reported. (bit.ly/1n2xCNA)
* JOHN LEWIS: John Lewis Partnership , owner of Britain's biggest department store chain and upmarket grocer Waitrose, maintained its full-year profit guidance after reporting relatively strong Christmas trading.
* HSBC: HSBC said on Tuesday online banking was returning steadily to service after a blackout affected its customers in Britain.
* HSBC: Banco Bradesco SA, Brazil's No. 2 private-sector bank, said the country's central bank approved on Tuesday the acquisition of the local unit of HSBC Holdings Plc. Continuación...