UK Stocks-Factors to watch on May 19

martes 19 de mayo de 2015 02:43 GYT

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LONDON May 19 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 12 to 13 points higher, or up as much as 0.2 percent, on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* The UK blue chip index closed 0.1 percent higher at 6,968.87 in the previous session.

* Futures for the index were up 0.2 percent at 0643 GMT.

* VODAFONE GROUP - Britain's Vodafone posted a rise in its quarterly sales measurement for the first time in nearly three years, helped by improving trends in its key European markets and demand for 4G mobile services.

* RIO TINTO - Mongolia and Rio Tinto have reached an agreement paving the way for work to resume on a delayed $5 billion underground copper mine that is expected to underpin the growth prospects of both the country and the global miner.

* HOMESERVE - British repair and insurance company Homeserve will pay shareholders a special dividend on top of a rise in payouts for its financial year, after it posted a 1.5 percent rise in core earnings on the back of signing more customers mainly in the United States.

* ICAP - The company, which matches buyers and sellers of bonds, swaps and currencies, said full-year trading pretax profit fell 15.5 percent as it coped with transformed market environment across many of its businesses, primarily its global broking unit.

* CREST NICHOLSON - British housebuilder Crest Nicholson said that strong demand in the housing market thanks to a cut in stamp duty property tax helped to boost its forward sales over the last six months.   Continuación...