UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Thursday July 16
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LONDON, July 16 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is set to open slightly higher on Thursday, with futures up 0.3 percent ahead of the cash market open. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index closed completely flat on Wednesday at 6,753.75 points, with investors unwilling to place strong bets in either direction ahead of a crucial Greek parliament vote.
* GREECE - The Greek parliament passed sweeping austerity measures demanded by lenders to open talks on a new multibillion-euro bailout package to keep Greece in the euro, but dozens of hardliners in the ruling Syriza party deserted Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
* RIO TINTO - Rio Tinto on Thursday posted a sharp rise in second quarter iron ore output from a year ago as it battled to maintain its top market position in China, even as selling prices deteriorate and bad weather disrupted operations.