UK Stocks-Factors to watch on June 13

viernes 13 de junio de 2014 02:44 GYT

(Adds futures, company news)

LONDON, June 13 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 22-27 points, or 0.4 percent lower on Friday, according to financial bookmakers, as violence in Iraq raised the threat of a heightening of instability in the Middle East and drove up oil prices.

* Futures for the index were down 0.4 percent by 0642 GMT. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* The UK blue chip index closed up 4.24 points, or 0.1 percent, at 6,843.11 points on Thursday. The index is just 0.8 percent shy of a peak hit last month of 6,894.88 - its highest level since December 1999, when it set a record at 6,950.60.

* President Barack Obama threatened U.S. military strikes in Iraq against Sunni Islamist militants who have surged out of the north to menace Baghdad and want to establish their own state in Iraq and Syria.