UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 10

jueves 10 de julio de 2014 02:41 GYT

LONDON, July 10 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 4-7 points higher on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* Futures for the index were up 0.1 percent by 0641 GMT.

* According to minutes from the last Federal Reserve meeting released on Wednesday, the central bank acknowledged the recent strengthening in the U.S. economy but suggested it was unlikely to raise policy rates until the second half of 2015.

* The UK blue chip index closed down 20.41 points, or 0.3 percent, at 6,718.04 on Wednesday.

* China's trade performance improved in June but still missed market forecasts, reinforcing expectations that Beijing will have to unveil more stimulus measures to stabilise the economy and meet its 2014 growth target.   Continuación...