UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Feb. 13
LONDON Feb 13 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up by 22 to 29 points, or 0.4 percent higher on Friday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index closed 0.2 percent higher at 6,828.11 points on Thursday.
* ANGLO AMERICAN : Global miner Anglo American took a $3.9 billion writedown on Friday, mainly on its Brazilian iron ore operations, due to weak commodity prices.
* SHIRE : British pharmaceutical company Shire Plc has taken initial steps towards a bid for U.S. bowel drugmaker Salix Pharmaceuticals Inc and is working with advisers on a potential offer, according to people familiar with the matter.
* HSBC : The Bank of England may look into allegations that Europe's biggest bank HSBC helped clients to avoid paying tax, a top BoE official said on Friday. "The allegations around HSBC raise serious issues around HSBC's conduct," Jon Cunliffe, the BoE's deputy governor for financial stability, told BBC radio.
* SEVERN TRENT : Utility Severn Trent said it was on track to meet full-year expectations.
* FRESNILLO : Gold and silver miner Fresnillo said it saw an adverse impact of around $20 million on its gross profits. Continuación...