UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Friday July 17

viernes 17 de julio de 2015 02:46 GYT

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LONDON, July 17 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 was set to open flat to slightly higher on Friday, with futures up 0.1 percent ahead of the cash market open. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* The UK blue chip index closed up 0.6 percent at 6,796.45 points on Thursday, lagging a 1.5 percent rise for the Euro STOXX 50, with peripheral euro zone markets benefitting from a drop in yields after the dramatic vote in the Greek parliament.

* GREECE - Europe moved to re-open funding to Greece's stricken economy on Thursday after the parliament in Athens approved a new bailout programme in a fractious vote that left the government without a majority.

Britain said it had secured a legally binding deal with other European Union countries to fully protect any British money used in a 7 billion euro bridge loan to Greece. {ID:nL5N0ZW4GG]

* BANK OF ENGLAND - Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said on Thursday that the decision to hike interest rates from record low levels would come into "sharper relief" around the turn of this year. Carney reiterated that interest rate rises, when they come, would be gradual and to levels "about half as high as historical averages".   Continuación...