UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on May 13

martes 13 de mayo de 2014 02:32 GYT

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LONDON May 13 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 June futures contract rose 0.3 percent by 0625 GMT, with the cash market indicated up by 0.4 percent, on Tuesday. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* The UK blue chip index closed up by 0.6 percent, or 37.18 points, at 6,851.75 points on Monday - within touching distance of a peak of 6,867.42 reached in January, which was close to its highest levels since December 1999.


U.S. drugmaker Pfizer kept up the pressure on bid target AstraZeneca on Tuesday, saying its offer represented compelling value for a company which would otherwise face challenges as a standalone firm.

AstraZeneca has rejected a $106 billion bid from Pfizer but the U.S. group is widely expected to return with a higher offer later this week.