UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Thursday Feb 13

jueves 13 de febrero de 2014 03:27 GYT

LONDON Feb 13 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is set to edge lower on Thursday, with futures falling 0.2 percent ahead of the cash market open.

* The UK blue chip index closed 2.37 points higher on Wednesday at 6,675.03 to reach a three-week closing high, buoyed by miners after top metals consumer China reported robust trade data.

* RIO TINTO - Global miner Rio Tinto reported a 45 percent jump in second-half profit on Thursday, beating market forecasts thanks to sharp cost-cutting, lower capital spending and production growth.

* LLOYDS - State-backed Lloyds Banking Group said it paid 395 million pounds ($655 million) in bonuses last year, up 8 percent on the year before, as it reported a profit for the first time since it was rescued by taxpayers six years ago.