UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Thursday 12 June
(Adds futures, company news)
EDINBURGH, June 12 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index was set to edge higher on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures on the index rising 0.1 percent ahead of the cash market open. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* On Wednesday, the UK blue chip index ended 0.5 percent, or 34.68 points, lower at 6,838.87, pressured by stocks trading without entitlement to their latest dividend payout and a sharp decline in Rolls-Royce following the cancellation of a major plane order.
* IMPERIAL TOBACCO - The British tobacco firm is evaluating a deal for assets likely to be divested from Reynolds American Inc and Lorillard Inc if the two U.S. tobacco companies proceed with a proposed combination, according to people familiar with the matter.
* ASTRAZENECA - The UK's second biggest drugmaker has struck a deal worth up to $232 million in milestone payments to license in rights to a drug from Synairgen for viral-induced exacerbation in asthma.