UK Stocks-Factors to watch on June 5

viernes 5 de junio de 2015 02:50 GYT

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LONDON, June 5 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening about 20 points lower, or down 0.3 percent, on Friday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* Greece delayed a key debt payment to the International Monetary Fund due on Friday as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, facing fury among his leftist supporters, demanded changes to tough terms from international creditors for aid to stave off default.

* The UK blue chip index ended 1.3 percent lower at 6,859.24 points in the previous session. Futures for the index were down 0.4 percent at 0650 GMT.

* VODAFONE GROUP - Network operator Vodafone and cable telecoms company Liberty Global are looking at a range of transactions including a merger, Bloomberg reported. Vodafone's U.S.-listed shares rose 4.1 percent and Liberty's climbed 4.7 percent in extended trading on Thursday. Vodafone declined to comment and Liberty was not immediately available for comment.

BANKS - Up to nine banks including Barclays, Deutsche Bank , HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, UBS and Credit Suisse are expected to pay settlements from a few hundred million dollars to $2 billion to $3 billion each related to soured mortgages, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

* LLOYDS BANKING GROUP - The bank has been fined 117 million pounds ($180 million) for failings in its handling of complaints about the mis-selling of loan insurance between March 2012 and May 2013.

* HALFORDS - British car parts to bicycles retailer Halfords posted an 11.4 percent rise in full-year profit as its push to improve customer service and expand its cycling ranges helped it reach its 1 billion pound ($1.5 billion) revenue target a year ahead of schedule.

* BELLWAY - The British housebuilder Bellway said it expected to sell more homes this year than last, as positive market conditions continued, putting it on track to grow annual profits.   Continuación...