UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Sept. 15

jueves 15 de septiembre de 2016 02:37 GYT
 

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Sept 15 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 13 to 15 points, or 0.2 percent lower, on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures down 0.3 percent ahead of the cash market open.

* The UK blue chip index closed 0.12 percent higher at 6,673.31 points on Wednesday, breaking a three-day losing run, as firmer mining stocks enabled the market to recover some ground.

* NEXT: British clothing retailer Next reported a 1.5 percent fall in first half profit on Thursday and said trading since July had been challenging and volatile.

* MORRISONS: Morrisons, Britain's No. 4 supermarket, reported a rise in first-half profit for the first time in four years and a third straight quarter of underlying sales growth, indicating its recovery is gaining momentum.

* ENQUEST: Oil producer EnQuest Plc said it ended talks with Israeli conglomerate Delek Group Ltd regarding a potential stake sale in an oilfield in the North Sea.

* JOHN LEWIS: British retailer John Lewis's said on Thursday it was taking an exceptional charge of 25 million pounds ($33.10 million) after deciding to write down property assets it no longer plans to develop for its upmarket grocer Waitrose.

* BP: BP does not plan to increase annual investments this decade but still expects to bring nine new projects online in 2017 as it focuses on improving efficiency, Chief Executive Bob Dudley said in an interview on Wednesday.   Continuación...