UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on June 19
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LONDON, June 19 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 futures contract was up by 0.6 percent by 0620 GMT, with the UK stock market seen tracking gains in U.S. and Asian shares after the U.S. Federal Reserve said the U.S. economy was making progress. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on
* The UK blue chip index closed up 0.2 percent at 6,778.56 points on Wednesday.
* U.S. FEDERAL RESERVE: The Federal Reserve on Wednesday expressed confidence the U.S. economic recovery was on track and hinted at a slightly more aggressive pace of interest rate increases starting next year.
* London copper turned lower on Thursday amid doubts over the momentum of global economic growth and its impact on metals demand, while nickel prices sank further after a chunky build in exchange stocks.