UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Thursday Oct 30
(Adds futures, company news)
EDINBURGH Oct 30 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening slightly higher on Thursday, with futures firming 0.3 percent ahead of the cash market open. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The blue-chip FTSE 100 index closed up by 0.8 percent at 6,453.87 points on Wednesday, rising to its highest level in nearly three weeks, buoyed by expectations the U.S. Federal Reserve would signal it is in no rush to raise interest rates.
* However, while the Fed did retain its basic guidance that overnight borrowing costs would remain near zero for a "considerable time", it dropped the characterisation of the U.S. labour market slack as "significant" in a show of confidence in the economy's prospects, the part markets perceived as containing a slightly hawkish turn.
* ROYAL DUTCH SHELL - Royal Dutch Shell beat expectations with core earnings of $5.8 billion for the third quarter and maintained its dividend as both upstream and downstream division delivered strong results.
Europe's biggest oil company by market value also said it had appointed former chairman of Bank of America, Charles Holliday, as its chairman. Holliday will take over from current chairman Jorma Ollila in 2015. Continuación...