UK Stocks-Factors to watch on May 22
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LONDON May 22 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening higher on Thursday, with the June futures contract up 0.3 percent by 0640 GMT ahead of the cash market open. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* Expectations the Federal Reserve would continue to support the U.S. economy and data showing a pick-up in Chinese factory activity were likely to underpin equities on Thursday.
* The UK benchmark closed up 19.04 points, or 0.3 percent, at 6,821.04 points on Wednesday, as drugmaker AstraZeneca rebounded on the view that what appeared to have been an unsuccessful bid for the firm may yet go through.
* Global shares rose overnight after minutes of the Fed's last meeting reassured investors that policy makers would stick to their easy monetary policy stance.