UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 1

martes 1 de abril de 2014 02:41 GYT

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LONDON, April 1 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up higher on Tuesday, with June futures for the index up 0.4 percent by 0639 GMT. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* The UK blue chip index closed down 17.21 points, or 0.3 percent, at 6,598.37 points on Monday, after a see-saw session which saw it trade between 6,583-6,658, leaving it down 2.2 percent for the year on the last day of the first quarter.

* Persistent weakness in China's manufacturing sector was seen lifting the chances of increased government spending to spur growth. Investors were also reassured by dovish comments by U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who suggested that the central bank's stimulus measures would be required for some time yet.

* WEIR GROUP : The engineer is said to be in talks to takeover its Finnish rival Metso Oyj in an 8.5 billion pounds ($14.17 billion) deal to expand its industrial pumps and valves market, the Times reported.