UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 21

martes 21 de abril de 2015 02:32 GYT

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LONDON, April 21 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening about 6 points lower, or down 0.1 percent, on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* The blue-chip index closed 0.8 percent higher at 7,052.13 points on Monday, partly recovering after a 1.3 percent drop on Friday. It finished about 1 percent below its record high touched late last week.

ARM HOLDINGS - The British chip designer whose technology powers Apple's iPhones said it made an encouraging start to the year, with pretax profit up 24 percent, both just ahead of expectations.

* SKY - Solid demand for pay-TV in Britain and an improving picture in Germany and Italy helped Sky to post an as expected 20 percent jump in nine-month profit.

* TATE & LYLE - The company said it would exit most of its European bulk ingredients business and restructure its struggling Splenda sucralose business, in a bid to focus on and strengthen its specialty food ingredients business.

* ASSOCIATED BRITISH FOODS - The company met forecasts with a 2 percent fall in first-half profit as sales growth at its Primark discount fashion chain was offset by continued weakness in its sugar operation.

* RIO TINTO - The miner missed first quarter analyst forecasts for iron ore shipments due to bad weather and transport delays, but maintained its full year production target in a bearish sign for prices already at 10-year lows.

* BARCLAYS - The U.S. Department of Justice wants five banks, including JPMorgan Chase & Co and Barclays, to reach a joint "mega settlement" to allegations they manipulated foreign exchange markets, the Financial Times reported, citing unidentified people familiar with the case.   Continuación...