UK Stocks-Factors to watch on May 7

jueves 7 de mayo de 2015 02:32 GYT
 

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LONDON May 7 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 futures contract fell 0.3 percent on Thursday, with uncertainty as the country's national election got underway set to weigh on the market. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* The UK blue chip index closed up 0.1 percent at 6,933.74 points on Wednesday.

* BRITISH ELECTION: British voters get to decide on Thursday who they want to rule the world's fifth-largest economy in a tight election that could yield weak government, propel the United Kingdom towards a vote on EU membership and stoke Scottish desire for secession. Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives and Ed Miliband's opposition Labour Party have been neck and neck in opinion polls for months, indicating neither will win enough seats for an outright majority in the 650-seat parliament.

* BT : BT Group posted a better than expected 3 percent rise in full-year earnings and raised its outlook for free cash flow after a strong finish to the year, when it connected a record 455,000 fibre broadband customers.

* AVIVA : Insurer Aviva said on Thursday its value of new business grew 14 percent to 247 million pounds in the first quarter, and its combined operating ratio improved by 1.3 percentage points, to 96.4 percent.

* RSA : Insurer RSA posted a 1 percent year-on-year rise in net written premiums in the first quarter, although it warned lower interest rates and currency moves were hitting its business.   Continuación...