UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 31

jueves 31 de marzo de 2016 02:23 GYT
 

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March 31 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 14 points, or 0.2 percent, on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers. Futures were down 0.4 percent at 0616 GMT, ahead of the cash market open. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* The UK blue chip index closed up 1.6 percent on Wednesday at 6,203.17, recording its highest closing level of 2016, boosted by the mining sector after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen called for caution on raising interest rates, lifting riskier assets.

* U.S FED: Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Tuesday the U.S. central bank should proceed only cautiously as it looks to raise interest rates, pushing back on a handful of her colleagues who have suggested another move may be just around the corner.

* TUI GROUP: TUI Group said holiday bookings for this summer were higher than last year as Europeans chose to holiday in Spain and further afield instead of destinations like Turkey, putting it on track to meet its annual target.

* CHESNARA: Chesnara Plc, an insurance-focused takeover specialist, reported a 48.6 percent rise in full-year pretax profit, helped by its acquisition of Dutch company Waard Group last year.

* WPP: J. Walter Thompson, a unit of Britain's WPP Plc urged a federal judge not to make public a video purporting to show its recently replaced chief executive making sexist and racist slurs, saying it would fan a media feeding frenzy surrounding the case and his abrupt departure.

* SSE: British power firm SSE will keep its Fiddler's Ferry coal-fired power station near Manchester open until at least March 31, 2017, it said on Wednesday, having previously said it would likely close this year.   Continuación...