UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 19

miércoles 19 de marzo de 2014 02:58 GYT

LONDON, March 19 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening little changed on Wednesday, or between 8 points lower and 2 points higher, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* Investors were unlikely to place large bets ahead of a policy update from the U.S. Federal Reserve.

The Fed is set to further trim its bond-buying stimulus and could rewrite its guidance on when it might eventually raise interest rates, with some expecting chairman Janet Yellen to scrap a numerical target on unemployment and adopt a more flexible stance.

* The UK blue chip index closed up 36.93 points, or 0.6 percent, at 6,605.28 points - marking only the second time in the last eight sessions that it has ended in positive territory - after a speech by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Ukraine, which some traders interpreted as being conciliatory in tone.

* British finance minister George Osborne will announce a pre-election budget on Wednesday that is likely to offer some tax relief to voters but will stick closely to his tough decade-long plan to fix the public finances.