UPDATE 2-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on May 27

viernes 27 de mayo de 2016 02:46 GYT

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May 27 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 3 points, or 0.05 percent higher on Friday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures up 0.05 percent ahead of the cash market open. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* The UK blue chip index closed 0.04 percent higher at 6,265.65 points on Thursday, as mining shares rallied along with metals prices to offset weaker banking and energy stocks.

* ANGLO AMERICAN: Final bids for Anglo American's metallurgical coal mines in Australia, valued at up to $1.5 billion, must be submitted by June 6, three sources close to the matter said on Thursday.

Global mining company Anglo American said on Friday it had appointed Bruce Cleaver as chief executive of its unit, De Beers Group, after previous CEO Philippe Mellier decided to step down.

* ASTRAZENECA: AstraZeneca said on Friday U.S. regulators would not approve its new drug for high potassium levels at present due to a manufacturing issue, dealing a blow to a product acquired when it bought ZS Pharma for $2.7 billion last year.

* SPORTS DIRECT: British lawmakers have rejected an invitation to visit Sports Direct's headquarters, which the retailer's billionaire founder Mike Ashley had set as a pre-condition for him to appear in parliament to answer questions about workers' treatment.

* PHOENIX GROUP: French insurance company Axa said on Friday it had agreed to sell its UK investment and pensions business and its direct protection business in the UK to Phoenix Group Holdings.   Continuación...