UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 20

jueves 20 de marzo de 2014 02:57 GYT

LONDON, March 20 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down by 33 to 38 points, or as much as 0.6 percent lower on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* The UK blue chip index closed down by 0.5 percent, or 32.15 points, at 6,573.13 points on Wednesday, with insurers and gambling companies impacted by measures unveiled in Britain's budget which threatened their profits.

* U.S. FEDERAL RESERVE: The U.S. Federal Reserve will probably end its massive bond-buying program this fall, and could start raising interest rates around six months later, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said on Wednesday, in a comment which sent stocks and bonds tumbling.

* COPPER: London copper fell on Thursday but remained well above 3-1/2 year lows hit the in the previous session, after the U.S. Federal Reserve chair signalled interest rates could rise next year.

* ARM : Chip designer ARM Holdings expects the value of ARM-based chips in smartphones and mobile computing application processors to reach $20 billion by 2018 from $13 billion last year.   Continuación...