UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 30
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LONDON, April 30 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 futures contract edged up 0.2 percent on Thursday, indicating a steadier open for the main cash market after the index had fallen to a three-week low on Wednesday. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index fell to a three-week low on Wednesday, closing down 1.2 percent at 6,946.28 points.
* UK ELECTION: With Britain's May 7 election just eight days away, Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party were tied at 35 percent each, according to a ComRes poll.
Britain's best selling newspaper, The Sun, came out in support of Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives citing the economy, fears about the power of Scottish nationalists and Cameron's promise of a referendum on European Union membership.
* U.S. FEDERAL RESERVE: The Federal Reserve downgraded its view of the U.S. labor market and economy on Wednesday in a policy statement that suggested the central bank may have to wait until at least the third quarter to begin raising interest rates.
* ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND : Royal Bank of Scotland set aside 856 million pounds ($1.3 billion) to cover charges for past misconduct and litigation, helping push the state-backed lender to a loss in the first quarter. Continuación...