UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Aug. 5

viernes 5 de agosto de 2016 02:35 GYT

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Aug 5 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 0.4 percent higher on Friday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures seen up 0.5 percent ahead of the cash market open.

* The UK blue chip index closed 1.6 percent higher at 6,740.16 points, bouncing back from a new three-week low of 6,615.83 hit early in the session, after the Bank of England cut interest rates on Thursday.

* RBS: Royal Bank of Scotland reported widening first-half losses and unveiled new plans to offload its Williams & Glyn business on the eve of a new phase of economic instability caused by Britain's vote to leave the European Union.

* WILLIAM HILL: William Hill, the British bookmaker that recently sacked its chief executive and has been targeted for a takeover, posted a 16 percent drop in first-half operating profit, hurt by a poor performance in its online business.

* BELLWAY: British housebuilder Bellway said it would be more cautious on purchasing new sites after Britons voted to leave the European Union but that its trading had been encouraging with full-year revenue marginally ahead of expectations.

* GLENCORE: Glencore's Zambian Mopani Copper Mines unit suspended production at an underground mine on Thursday after three miners were killed in an accident, a company official said on Friday.

* NOVO NORDISK: Denmark's Novo Nordisk narrowed its full-year profit growth guidance towards the lower end of a previously indicated target range, and said it sees intensified competition in the United States.   Continuación...