UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 23

miércoles 23 de abril de 2014 02:25 GYT

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LONDON, April 23 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening flat to up by 1 point according to financial bookmakers, while the FTSE 100 futures contract was also trading flat by 0620 GMT. 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.

* A host of FTSE 100 stocks go ex-dividend on Wednesday, including BG and Legal & General, and will take around 9 points off the index.


Data showed on Wednesday China's HSBC/Markit flash Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for April rose to 48.3 from March's final reading of 48.0, with analysts seeing the figure as an initial sign of stabilisation in the economy following the government's targeted measures to support growth.   Continuación...