UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Feb 18

martes 18 de febrero de 2014 03:30 GYT

LONDON Feb 18 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 futures contract rose 0.3 percent on Tuesday, with forecast-beating results from miner BHP Billiton expected to buoy the overall market.

* 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.

* ESSAR ENERGY : The energy group said gross refining margins at Vadinar and Stanlow had fallen.