UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 18

viernes 18 de marzo de 2016 02:14 GYT
 

March 18 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening lower
by one point, or 0.01 percent, on Friday, according to financial bookmakers. For
more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on 

    * The UK blue chip index closed 25.63 points higher at 6,201.12 on Thursday
as miners were boosted by a weaker dollar after the U.S. Federal Reserve's
dovish decision to hold interest rates steady. 
    * DEUTSCHE BOERSE/LSE DEAL: European stock exchange operator Euronext NV
 is considering acquisitions to help it stay competitive after Deutsche
Boerse AG and London Stock Exchange Group Plc agreed to merge
in a $30 billion deal, according to people familiar with the matter.
 
    * GLAXOSMITHKLINE: GSK said on Thursday Chief Executive Andrew Witty
would retire in 12 months after leading the British drugmaker through a series
of changes since 2008 that have failed to ignite the company's share price.
 
    * BT GROUP: BT Group is set to appoint Simon Lowth, former chief
financial officer at gas producer BG Group, as its new finance chief, Sky News
reported on Thursday. 
    * PHOENIX GROUP: Britain's largest consolidator of closed life funds
 is preparing to bid for Deutsche Bank AG's British insurance
unit, Sky News reported. 
    * SAINSBURY: Investors expect Sainsbury's to offer as much as 1.5
billion pounds for Argos ahead of a Friday deadline, as the supermarket
considers trumping a rival South African bid for the catalogue shop, the
Guardian reported. (bit.ly/1Z6sfKy)
    * BANK OF ENGLAND: Bank of England policymakers said the sterling had been
dealt a big hit by uncertainty in the run-up to the referendum on EU membership
and that growth could slow, after voting unanimously to keep rates steady.
 
    * BUSINESS CONFIDENCE: Confidence among Britain's small businesses has
plummeted, a survey showed on Friday, with Northern Irish and Scottish
businesses the least confident in the face of a global economic slowdown and
public-sector austerity. 
    
    * UK CORPORATE DIARY:       
 Berkeley Group Holdings           Sales/Trading Stmt Releases
 Investec                          Sales/Trading Stmt Releases
 Sainsbury's          and          "Put up or shut up" deadline for Home
 Steinhoff                         Retail          deal
       
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 (Reporting by Aastha Agnihotri in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D'Souza)