UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Wednesday May 6

miércoles 6 de mayo de 2015 01:56 GYT
 

LONDON, May 6 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening
up 28 to 32 points, or 0.5 percent higher on Wednesday, according to financial
bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
 
    
    *  The blue-chip FTSE 100 index gave up initial gains to finish 0.8
percent weaker at 6,927.58 points on Tuesday, dragged down by a fall in HSBC
. 
    
    * UK ELECTION - Campaigning in Britain's most unpredictable election in a
generation enters its final day on Wednesday with the two main parties level in
most polls, including a new YouGov poll overnight, and neither on track to
command a majority in the parliament of the world's fifth largest economy.
 
    
    * RETAIL -  A sharp decline in British shop prices eased slightly last
month, according to survey that suggests Britons' spending power is continuing
to improve, a day before a closely fought national election. 
    
    * ECONOMICS - A leading think tank cut its forecast for Britain's economic
growth in 2015 on Wednesday, a day before a closely fought national election,
but said strong consumer spending should keep the recovery on track.
 
    
    * SKY -  In a clash of corporate titans over naming rights in a
fast-changing industry, Microsoft and its Skype phone service came out
on the losing side of an EU court battle on Tuesday with Rupert Murdoch's
television business Sky . 
    
    * BHP BILLITON - BHP Billiton said it had suspended operations at
its Metalloys South demolition plant in South Africa following the death of a
worker at the site. 
    
    * ANGLO AMERICAN - An order by Chile's SMA environmental regulator
to shut a waste dump at Anglo American PLC's Los Bronces copper mine will not
impact production or operations there, the company told Reuters on Tuesday.
 
    
    * UK CORPORATE DIARY:
    
    
 Imperial Tobacco Group                 Half Year 2015 Imperial Tobacco Group
 PLC                                    PLC Earnings Release
 National Express Group                 Q1 2015 National Express Group PLC
 PLC                                    Interim Management Statement Release
 J D Wetherspoon PLC                    Q3 2014 J D Wetherspoon PLC Interim
                                        Management Statement Release
 Carillion PLC                          Q1 2015 Carillion PLC Interim Management
                                        Statement Release
 Summit Therapeutics PLC                Full Year 2014 Summit Therapeutics PLC
                                        Earnings Release
 Intu Properties PLC                    Intu Properties PLC Trading Statement
                                        for the period from 1 January 2015 to 6
                                        May 2015
 Legal & General Group PLC              Q1 2015 Legal & General Group PLC
                                        Interim Management Statement Release
 The Sage Group PLC                     Half Year 2015 The Sage Group PLC
                                        Earnings Release
 GKN PLC                                GKN PLC Trading Statement Release
 J Sainsbury PLC                        Full Year 2014/15 J Sainsbury PLC
                                        Earnings Release
 DS Smith PLC                           DS Smith PLC Trading Statement Release
 Inmarsat PLC                           Q1 2015 Inmarsat PLC Earnings Release
 Direct Line Insurance                  Q1 2015 Direct Line Insurance Group PLC
 Group PLC                              Interim Management Statement Release
 Prudential PLC                         Q1 2015 Prudential PLC Interim
                                        Management Statement Release
 GlaxoSmithKline PLC                    Q1 2015 GlaxoSmithKline PLC Earnings
                                        Release
 
       
        
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 (Reporting by Alistair Smout)