UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 18

viernes 18 de julio de 2014 02:49 GYT

LONDON, July 18 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 32-33 points, or 0.5 percent lower on Friday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

* Futures for the index were down 0.2 percent by 0642 GMT.

* Reports that a Malaysian airliner had crashed triggered a sell-off in very late trade on Thursday, and after market close a U.S. official said it strongly suspected a surface-to-air missile fired by Ukrainian separatists brought down the plane.

Big losses were seen in U.S. and Asian stocks on the back of the news.

* The UK blue chip index closed 46.35 points, or 0.7 percent, lower at 6,738.32 points on Thursday as investors, already jittery on Washington's move to target big Russian firms with new sanctions, were met with the news of the plane crash.