UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Tuesday May 26
(Adds futures, company news)
LONDON May 26 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is set to edge higher at the open on Tuesday, with financial bookmakers seeing the index opening up 4 to 8 points, or 0.1 percent higher, and futures up 0.2 percent ahead of the cash market open. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* Britain's top share index hit closed up 0.3 percent at 7,031.72 points at its highest level in 10 days on Friday, driven by a jump in network operator Vodafone's shares, which hit a 14-year high on the back of potential merger activity.
* VODAFONE - Investors are encouraging Vodafone to spin-off its emerging markets operations and seek a 120 billion pound ($185.38 billion) merger with Liberty Global, according to the Sunday Telegraph.
* BHP BILLITON - BHP Billiton confirmed its demerger of South32 had been completed.