UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 23

miércoles 23 de abril de 2014 01:56 GYT

LONDON, April 23 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening flat to up by 1 point, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* The UK blue chip index closed up by 0.9 percent, or 56.51 points, at 6,681.76 points on Tuesday.


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