UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Friday March 13

viernes 13 de marzo de 2015 02:59 GYT

LONDON, March 13 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen
opening up 12 to 14 points, or 0.2 percent higher on Friday, according to
financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please
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    * The blue-chip FTSE 100 index was up 0.6 percent at 6,761.07 points by the
close. The index is up about 3 percent so far this year. 

    * UTILITIES - Opposition and Labour party leader Ed Miliband will reiterate
his plans to empower the energy regulator to force utility companies to cut
bills in line with falling energy prices if he wins May's general election,
according to British media.
    * GLAXOSMITHKLINE - GlaxoSmithKline has raised $853 million via a
partial sale of Aspen Pharmacare shares. 
    * OIL COMPANIES -  The United Steelworkers union and oil companies have
reached a tentative deal to end the largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years,
the labor group and people familiar with the negotiations said on Thursday. The
lead negotiator for the companies is Royal Dutch Shell. 
    Royal Dutch Shell has abandoned two natural gas exploration wells in eastern
Ukraine after they were deemed uneconomical, the oil major said on Thursday.
    * BANKS - Britain's banks and other lenders have paid out 18 billion pounds
($27 billion) to compensate borrowers mis-sold payment protection insurance
(PPI), after paying out 339 million pounds in December, the financial regulator
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 (Reporting by Alistair Smout)