UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 3

jueves 3 de abril de 2014 02:30 GYT

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LONDON, April 3 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening slightly higher on Thursday, with June futures for the index up 0.2 percent by 0625 GMT. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* The UK blue chip index closed up 6.43 points, or 0.1 percent, at 6,659.04 points on Wednesday, its highest close since March 11, propped up by cyclical banks and mining companies on encouraging economic news in the United States.

* Euro zone monetary policy will fall under the spotlight as the European Central Bank holds its regular meeting.

The ECB looks set to keep interest rates steady and offer no new aid to the euro zone's fragile recovery despite a fall in inflation to its lowest in more than four years.

* Activity in China's services industry rose to a four-month high in March, a private survey showed, even as persistent weakness in manufacturing has reinforced fears of a sharper-than-expected economic slowdown.   Continuación...