UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Friday March 13

viernes 13 de marzo de 2015 03:30 GYT

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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, with futures firming 0.1 percent by 0728 GMT. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* 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.   Continuación...