UK Stocks-Factors to watch on May 30

viernes 30 de mayo de 2014 02:40 GYT

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LONDON May 30 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening flat on Friday, according to the June futures contract. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* The UK blue chip index closed up 20.07 points, 0.3 percent, at 6,871.29 points on Thursday, with takeover speculation surrounding firms such as Smith & Nephew and Weir lifting investors' appetite for riskier assets.

* ASTRAZENECA : After thwarting a $118 billion takeover approach from Pfizer, Britain's AstraZeneca will again take the spotlight this weekend when the biggest annual medical meeting for cancer doctors convenes in Chicago.

* British consumer sentiment hit its highest level in more than nine years this month, adding to signs that the economy is strengthening and raising questions about how much longer the Bank of England will keep interest rates on hold.