UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Jan 14

jueves 14 de enero de 2016 02:18 GYT

Jan 14 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 
101-104 points, or 1.6-1.7 percent lower on Thursday, according to financial
bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

    * The UK blue chip index closed up just 31.73 points, or 0.5 percent, at
5,960.97 points on Wednesday after better-than-expected trade data from China
improved market sentiment, pushing oil and metals prices higher and lifting
investors' appetite for shares in mining, oil and gas companies. 
    * SHELL: Royal Dutch Shell plans to grow its lubricants business in
Asia in the next five years, targeting surging vehicle sales and rising
population growth, said a senior company official. 
    * BP: The families of two BP employees killed in the 2013 Amenas gas
plant attack in Algeria have filed a lawsuit in London's High Court against the
company, accusing it of failing to take reasonable steps to protect its workers.
    * AB INBEV/ SABMILLER: Brewing giant AB InBev launched a $46bn bond
on Wednesday, the second-largest bond in history, after amassing $110bn in
investor orders to help fund its acquisition of rival SABMiller.
    * HOME RETAIL/ WESFARMERS: British takeover target Home Retail said
on Wednesday it was in advanced talks to sell its Homebase home improvement
stores to Australia's Wesfarmers for 340 million pounds ($490 million)
in cash, allowing it to focus on its Argos chain. 
    * INTEREST RATE HIKE: The Bank of England looks likely to signal another
delay in raising interest rates on Thursday thanks to a renewed oil price slump,
sputtering wage growth and the approach of an unsettling vote on Britain's
European Union membership. 
    * MOTOR INSURANCE: Comprehensive car insurance premiums in Britain rose 13.2
percent in 2015, the biggest annual rise since 2011, according to's
car price insurance index. 
    * ADVERTISING SPEND: The number of British companies that raised their
advertising budgets in the fourth quarter of 2015 slowed to its lowest level in
nearly three years as concerns over the economy grew, according to an industry
    * SMALL OIL PRODUCERS: Mid-sized oil producing companies are proving more
resilient against weak oil prices than expected as they are able to slash more
costs, allowing them to press ahead with projects that are set to add even more
barrels to a global supply glut. 
    * EX-DIVS: Ashtead and Next will trade without entitlement
to their latest dividend pay-out on Thursday, trimming 0.42 points off the FTSE
100 according to Reuters calculations 

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 (Reporting by Esha Vaish in Bengaluru; Editing by Sunil Nair)