UK Stocks-Factors to watch on June 27

viernes 27 de junio de 2014 02:41 GYT

LONDON, June 27 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening steady on Friday after a flat close in the previous session, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* Futures for the index were up 0.3 percent by 0640 GMT.

* The UK blue chip index ended flat at 6,735.12 points in the previous session, as gains in housebuilders were counterbalanced by a sharp decline in shares of some major banks.

* GLENCORE - One of the world's biggest mining and trading houses on Friday denied claims by an Australian newspaper that its coal division had paid no taxes in Australia in the past three years on income of A$15 billion ($14.10 billion).

* UNITED UTILITIES GROUP - The company submitted to the market regulator revisions to its business plan covering 2015-20 period, saying that customers would benefit from below inflation growth in average household bills for a decade to 2020.

* ROLLS-ROYCE - Airbus is very close to a decision to upgrade its A330 with Rolls-Royce as sole engine supplier, setting the stage for a bitter new phase in a battle for orders with Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, people familiar with the matter said.

General Electric - the main alternative engine supplier on the existing version of the jet - is no longer seen as a contender to take part in the $2 billion "A330neo" project, they said.

* BARCLAYS - Big banks have started pulling their business out of Barclays' dark pool, after the British bank was sued by New York's top securities regulator for allegedly misleading institutional investors over its anonymous trading venue, The Financial times reported.

Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, and Royal Bank of Canada, asset manager Alliance Bernstein were among the institutions that withdrew from Barclays' dark pool on Thursday, the paper said.   Continuación...