UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 23

miércoles 23 de julio de 2014 02:36 GYT

LONDON, July 23 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 8 to 15 points lower, or down as much as 0.2 percent, on Wednesday, 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 0631 GMT.

* The UK blue chip index closed 1 percent higher at 6,795.34 points in the previous session.

* BHP BILLITON - The global miner beat its own guidance for full-year iron ore output, saying it mined a record 225 million tonnes in fiscal 2014, 4 percent ahead of its forecast, leading productivity gains across a number of businesses.

* CENTRICA - The company drilled a dry well in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said on Wednesday.

* CAPITA - British outsourcing group Capita posted an 11 percent rise in first-half organic revenue, driven by the 1.3 billion pounds ($2.22 billion) of major contract wins it secured.

* THE SAGE GROUP - The company said its group organic revenue increased by 4.7 percent in the first nine months of year and its business remained on course to achieve the 6 percent organic revenue growth target in 2015.

* JOHNSON MATTHEY - The company says its first quarter underlying operating profit fell by 11 percent to 103.6 million pounds ($176.81 million).

* Bank of England economist Paul Fisher credited quantitative easing and the bank's Funding for Lending Scheme for the recovery that kicked in last year in an interview, published on Wednesday, with the Independent.   Continuación...