UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 2

miércoles 2 de abril de 2014 02:36 GYT

LONDON, April 2 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 4 to 14 points higher, or as much as 0.2 percent, on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* Futures for the FTSE 100 index were up 0.2 percent at 0629 GMT.

* The UK blue chip index closed 0.8 percent higher at 6,652.61 points in the previous session.

* Several FTSE 100 companies will go ex-dividend on Wednesday, after which investors will no longer qualify for the latest dividend payout. Collectively they would take 3.78 points off the index. The companies are Aviva, Next , Pearson , Resolution, Tullow Oil and Wolseley .

* Growth in British house prices cooled for the third straight month in March, despite recording their biggest annual rise in almost four years, data from mortgage lender Nationwide showed.

* BP - The oil major is ceasing production at its Bulwer Island refinery in Brisbane, Australia by mid 2015, blaming competition from new mega-refineries in Asia that are cheaper to operate.

* GLAXOSMITHKLINE - The drugmaker said it has stopped its lung cancer vaccine trial.

Separately, the company said its AIDS drugs business is to add one of its latest HIV medicines to a patent pool - cutting its future price for developing countries and pooling intellectual property rights.

* London copper climbed to its highest in more than three weeks after a powerful earthquake off the coast of top mine supplier Chile triggered a tsunami alert, which raised supply concerns and set off a volley of technical buying.   Continuación...