UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Friday Oct 31
(Adds company news, futures)
EDINBURGH Oct 31 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up higher on Friday, with futures up 1.4 percent ahead of the cash market open. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index FTSE closed up by 0.2 percent, or 9.68 points, at 6,463.55 points -- marking the third day in a row of gains for the FTSE, which continued its rebound off 15-month lows, reached earlier in October.
* Japanese stocks rocketed more than 5 percent to levels before the global financial crisis on Friday, after the Bank of Japan stunned markets by easing policy further in a move prompted by slow inflation after an April tax hike dented economic growth.
* ICAG - International Airlines Group reported a 30 percent jump in third-quarter profit and upgraded its forecast for the year, reassuring investors after the British Airways-owner's strike-hit rivals cut their guidance.