UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Sep. 17
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LONDON, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 29 to 33 points higher, or up as much as 0.5 percent, on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* Futures for the index was up 0.1 percent by 0641 GMT.
* The UK blue chip index closed 1.5 percent stronger at 6,229.21 points in the previous session.
* The U.S. Federal Reserve will issue its latest rate decision at the end of a two-day policy meeting on Thursday. A rate hike would be the first in the United States in nearly a decade. Fed also will issue a fresh set of economic projections that will provide insight into the expected pace of any subsequent rate hikes and other key economic matters.
* MINERS - Antofagasta and Codelco suspended operations at two major copper mines in Chile, the world's top producer of the metal, after a powerful earthquake struck off the coast on Wednesday, threatening over 600,000 tonnes of annual capacity. Other producers in the region Anglo American and BHP Billiton, said they were unscathed after the magnitude 8.3 earthquake hit off the coast.
* ROYAL DUTCH SHELL, BG GROUP - Australia's competition watchdog flagged concerns on Thursday that Royal Dutch Shell's proposed $70 billion takeover of BG Group may lessen gas supply competition in eastern Australia and delayed a final decision on the bid to November.
* GLENCORE - The company is in talks with Franco-Nevada Corp , Silver Wheaton Corp, Royal Gold Inc and two other companies to sell portions of the future production of three South American copper mines, two sources with knowledge of the talks said.
* ROTORK - Valve-control systems maker Rotork said it expects a fall in full-year revenue and operating profit, hurt by project deferrals and cancellations and "particularly weak" trading in August. Continuación...