UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Feb 18

martes 18 de febrero de 2014 02:57 GYT

LONDON Feb 18 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up by 6 to 11 points, or as much as 0.2 percent, on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers.

* The UK blue chip index closed up by 72.38 points, or 1.1 percent, at 6,736.00 on Monday.

* BHP BILLITON : Global miner BHP Billiton topped market forecasts with a 31 percent rise in first-half profit on Tuesday and hinted it may launch a share buyback in August, despite a cautious outlook on Chinese growth.

* UK HOUSING MARKET: Britain's housing market is not overheating but interest rates will not remain at record lows indefinitely, Bank of England policymaker David Miles said in an interview on Monday.

* VODAFONE : Vodafone has lodged a complaint against Spanish rival Telefonica, alleging it is abusing its position in Spain to reduce competition for telecoms, Internet and television services.   Continuación...