UPDATE 2-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on June 10
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June 10 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 12 points, or 0.2 percent, on Friday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures down about 0.2 percent ahead of the cash market open. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index closed 1.1 percent lower at 6,231.89 points on Thursday pushed by a sharp decline in commodities prices putting pressure on mining and energy stocks.
* BP: Oil companies BP and Det norske have agreed to merge their Norwegian businesses in a $1.3 billion share deal to cut costs, increase profitability and challenge Statoil's Norwegian offshore dominance.
* TATA STEEL/UK: Financial Times reported on Thursday that India's Tata Steel has delayed to July the timetable for making a final decision on its UK steel operations. (bit.ly/1UGpmyI)
* TESCO: Britain's biggest retailer Tesco has continued its re-shaping under Chief Executive Dave Lewis, agreeing the sale of its Turkish business and its Giraffe restaurant chain in the UK.
* HOME RETAIL: Home Retail, the Argos-store owner which is being acquired by Sainsbury's, said its chief executive John Walden would quit when the takeover by the supermarket is finalised, with Sainsbury's lining up its CFO to fill the roll.
* SCHRODERS: Schroders Plc has appointed Shigesuke Kashiwagi, former chief financial officer of Nomura Holdings, as its president and country head of Japan, the London-listed global asset manager said in a statement issued exclusively to Reuters. Continuación...