UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Thursday

jueves 15 de mayo de 2014 02:34 GYT

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LONDON May 15 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 6 to 8 points lower, or down as much as 0.1 percent, on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* June futures for the index were down 0.2 percent by 0631 GMT.

* The benchmark index ended 0.08 percent higher at 6,878.49 points on Wednesday after touching its highest level since December 1999 earlier in the session.

* CARPHONE WAREHOUSE, DIXONS RETAIL - The two companies have agreed a 3.8 billion pounds ($6.38 billion) all-share merger, creating a powerful pan-European mobile phone and electricals group with about 2,900 stores.

* OLD MUTUAL - Anglo-South African financial services group Old Mutual said gross sales were up 24 percent in the first three months of 2014 on a constant currency basis, ahead of expectations.

* LAND SECURITIES - Britain's largest listed property developer posted a better than expected 12.2 percent rise in net asset value and announced an end to its strategy of building London offices speculatively.

* AVIVA - The British insurer saw mixed performances from its businesses in the first quarter of the year, with strong recoveries in Europe partly offset by a volatile life market in the UK.

* THE LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE - The company reported a 50 percent rise in full year reported revenue on Thursday, saying expansion in capital markets infrastructure had boosted profits.   Continuación...