UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Wednesday September 2
(Adds futures, company news)
LONDON, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 24 to 30 points higher on Wednesday, or up around 0.5 percent, according to financial bookmakers, with futures up 0.5 percent at 0619 GMT. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index closed 189.40 points lower, down 3 percent, on Tuesday at 6,058.54, with all but one FTSE 100 stock in negative territory after a slump in the manufacturing sector in China.
* ASOS - The founder of British online fashion retailer ASOS ASOS.L is stepping down as chief executive after 15 years that have seen the firm transformed from an internet minnow to a retail powerhouse.
* ASHTEAD - British industrial equipment hire group Ashtead said it was on track to achieve its full-year expectations and was confident about the medium-term outlook, after it posted a strong start to its new financial year.