UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 22

martes 22 de abril de 2014 01:56 GYT

LONDON, April 22 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up by around 29 points, or 0.4 percent, on Tuesday with bid fever set to boost pharmaceutical stocks, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* The UK blue chip index closed up by 0.6 percent, or 41.08 points, at 6,625.25 points on Thursday, marking a one-week closing high for the index.


Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline said it was planning to buy Novartis' global vaccines business for an initial cash consideration of $5.25 billion.


Pfizer Inc may come back to bid for British drug company AstraZeneca Plc after its reported 60 billion pound ($101 billion) takeover approach was rejected, since a deal could make sense for the U.S. pharmaceuticals giant as it seeks to build up its cancer franchise.   Continuación...