UK Stocks-Factors to watch on August 29

viernes 29 de agosto de 2014 02:39 GYT
 

LONDON Aug 29 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 2 to 6 points, or as much as 0.1 percent higher, on Friday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* Futures for the index were flat at 0636 GMT.

* The market focus was squarely on European Central Bank policy as investors awaited inflation figures for the euro zone, which may shed light on the bank's next move.

Euro zone inflation, due at 0900 GMT, is seen dropping to 0.3 percent in August, following a surprise dip to 0.4 percent in July, according to a Reuters poll of analysts.

The data will be at the centre of the ECB's policy meeting next week, fuelling the debate about whether the central bank should accelerate existing policy measures to fight the risk of deflation.

* The blue-chip FTSE 100 index, which on Wednesday had risen to its highest close since early July, ended down 24.86 points, or 0.4 percent, at 6,805.80 points on Thursday.   Continuación...