UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 22

martes 22 de abril de 2014 02:21 GYT

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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

* FTSE 100 futures were up by 0.4 percent at 0620 GMT.

* 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.


Swiss drugmaker Novartis said on Tuesday it would exchange certain assets with GlaxoSmithKline and divest its animal health business to Eli Lilly . Novartis said it had agreed to acquire GSK's oncology products for a $14.5 billion payment. The Swiss drugmaker said it would divest its vaccines business, excluding flu, to GSK for $7.1 billion plus royalties.   Continuación...