UPDATE 2-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Wednesday Sept 9
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LONDON, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening higher on Wednesday, with futures up 1.7 percent ahead of the cash market open. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index was up 1.2 percent at 6,146.10 points at the close on Tuesday, buoyed by strong data from the euro zone and hopes for further stimulus for Chinese markets.
* RYANAIR - The Irish airline hiked its annual profit forecast by 25 percent on Wednesday after its summer performance was boosted by bad weather in northern Europe and the strength of the British pound.
* SPORTS DIRECT - The sports retailer said that trading continued to be in line with management expectations over the summer months.